Know Your Next Word : heresy
6. heresy :
1. opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp. of a church or religious system.
2. any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.
3. any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs
Galileo was tried for the heresy of suggesting that the sun did not revolve around the earth. He was almost convicted of being a heretic, but he recanted his heretical view.
New opinions Divers and dangerous, which are heresies, And, not reformed, may prove pernicious.
A second offense is that of heresy which consists not in a total denial of Christianity, but of some its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately avowed.
Deluded people! that do not consider that the greatest heresy in the world is a wicked life.
Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God.
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