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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PECK DIFFERENT DRUM BLASPHEMY HERESY HONEST BEHAVE+960606 %DICHOTOMY COMPARTMENTALIZE EITHER-OR BLACK WHITE+960606 %PREJUDICE ASSUMPTION ARROGANCE ADDICT COLLUSION 960606 In his book "Different Drum" Peck suggests that the essence of heresy has to do with refusing to deal honestly and in a balanced way with both aspects of a paradox. Heretical behavior emphasizes one isolated aspect of a paradox and represses the complementary aspect of the paradox. Peck also suggests that blasphemy entails dishonest behavior which purports to be in relationship with God--- when in fact the behavior entails alienation from God. The name of God and/or what God presumably stands for are used dishonestly within the context of manipulatively calling upon the name of God and/or what God presumably stands for---doing so for self-centered and/or selfish reasons. No amount of rationalization can transform such dishonesty into a virtue. Such blasphemy never merits respect or support---no matter how powerful/respected are those who engage in it. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================