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Are you a heretic?

Forgive me for startling with such a personal question. I hardly know you. In fact, we have almost certainly never met, and if we have, I cannot at the moment remember the circumstances.

Still, I would guess that you are – a heretic – or heretick, if I may spell it in the more fulsome, abundant, and obsolete way. Perhaps not the vilest heretick in all Christendom, for that would take a lot of energy; but among the representative “freethinkers.”

Perhaps you are just a mediocre heretic.

I know that I am. …

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