“We Are All Heretics Now”

The Greek word from which we derive our word "heresy" isĀ hairesis, which in simplistic terms means a distinctive, personally chosen opinion. . . . Nowadays, the word is used to denote a view or belief that is beyond the pale of orthodoxy or outside the mainstream of thought. As a general rule, it is a pejorative, used to identify thoughts or ideas that are perceived to be illegitimate or pernicious.