Take our Word and Wikipedia concur on the origin of the word "heretic", and Davidson has said several times that because all of us choose "to choose" rather than just "to follow", it makes all of us heretics. (EDIT: the context of "us" meaning present company, people hearing the sermon, UUs, etc.)
Middle English took this from the French hérétique, which took it from the Ecclesiastical Latin haereticus, both words meaning heretic. The original word was the Greek hairetikos "able to choose" from the verb hairesthai "to choose". Obviously, the early Church believed that people should believe only what they were told to believe rather than decide for themselves.Anyway, in today's sermon, he mentioned that today, October 23, 2005, is the 6006th birthday of the universe. That would be according to Bishop Ussher who figured it all out in 1650 A.D., basing his calculations on his interpretation of the Bible, and many believers in Creationism or Intelligent Design or whatever they want to call it are taking it to heart.
He also mentioned a nice quote by Voltaire:
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
Always something to think about...
- Austin - Fascism -