The Nashville Statement and ‘noble heresies’

Beth Caplin and Noble Heresies

Sarahbeth Caplin

rainbow_flag-300x200I haven’t weighed in much on the Nashville Statement, save for a fewarticles I shared that summarize my feelings better than I could. I just didn’t have much to say that hadn’t already been said. But the phrase “noble heresy” came to mind during my morning “God time” today, and I feel compelled to explore that a bit further.

When I think of “noble heresies,” I think of the brave men and women who ostracized themselves in their congregations when their pastors preached on the wrong side of justice. I think of the Dietrich Bonhoeffers during the Holocaust, the abolitionists and civil rights protestors: many of whom risked their jobs, reputations, and even their lives because they truly believed that the church they loved was wrong about something.

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