...able to watch a little so far, but I am horrified by any persecution of 'heretics', whether at the hands of Roman Catholics or reformers like Zwingli and Calvin and the Puritans. The massacres of the Cathars and the Waldensians and the burning of the works of the Gnostics outrages me, whether or not I'm sympathetic to their views. I certainly don't mean to make light of such things, but the elevation of doctrine over Love, which would excuse such violence, is the heresy that I see at work behind much of this. When men rigidly worship the letter of the word in Scripture or their interpretation of it, rather than the living Word Himself, they have set up an idol in place of the Truth behind the shadows they see. And the distortion of things away from that greatest command to Love, will bring all manner of strife and death and darkness in its wake.
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