“Perhaps on the rare occasion pursuing the right course demands an act of noble heresy …”
That’s Governor Swann’s comment about piracy, but I think it applies here. For too long people have been erring by obeying the letter of the law for fear of the uncontrollable freedom the spirit of the text allows. Churches have squandered an immeasurable amount of potential and people in order to get out of fulfilling their debt of love. That’s what noble heresies are – love carried out to the full, a 1 Corinthians 14 kind of love. It’s because you love someone you want to break the bonds that bind them, be they a systematic evil like slavery, a cultural evil like refusing rights, or a church-created evil as a result of bad theology. Let us love freely, let us love our neighbors, and let us love one another – even our brothers and sisters who don’t believe in noble heresies – we all need love.