Always remember, just because something is labelled “orthodox” doesn’t mean it’s true. Heresy is often just the rejection of commonly accepted error.
This is the essence of my life philosophy, along with “question everything… even this.” As most people do, I began life accepting that most of the standard “orthodox” beliefs were true, be they theological, economic, social or political beliefs. Thankfully, if there’s one thing that my parents taught me well (even if they didn’t always like it when I practised what they preached), it was to question authority and not just assume something is “good” or true just because a person who (or writing that) might be highly respected by certain people tells me it is. So, everything else aside, I am thankful to my parents for teaching me the value of investigating and examining truth claims for myself rather than just blindly following the crowd.