[Christianity Today] received a number of emails and letters recently from people who are concerned that Christianity Today may have committed blasphemy. But the real question is whether Christians can ever avoid the charge of blasphemy: “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary; first definition). In his The Heretical Imperative, sociologist Peter Berger noted that the word heresy is based on the Greek root meaning “to choose for one’s self.” To commit heresy is to choose one’s belief, rather than submitting to the teaching of the tradition one is born into. Today few are born into an unquestioned tradition. In a pluralistic world, each of us must choose our beliefs. Even those who choose traditional, orthodox faith are still choosing, and thus are practicing “heresy.” Today, argues Berger, we have no choice but to choose our beliefs, that is, to commit “heresy.”

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