Christine Caldwell Ames says that the idea of insupportable beliefs is still with us.
We might see modern heretics in our society in two ways. And certainly, modern Christianity – different denominations, whether Catholic or Protestant – have their … still, their conceptions of heresy.
I also think that it’s the case that there are certain beliefs that we do find to be generally insupportable in the modern West. Ones that we talk about; again, a rejection of diversity, for example. We now treasure diversity as a value again of the modern West, we treasure toleration as a value of the modern West. And these are things where certainly there’s a community interest in maintaining these and encouraging them.
And so I think it’s fair to say that in different communities, one might be able to identify heresy. It’s not a religious heresy, it might be a social heresy, but it is something that seems to be, again, insupportable and something that is not to be encouraged.