Q: What is blasphemy?
A: Saying, humanly speaking, any of the following:
"I am what I am."
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"It is what it is."
"I tell it like it is."
"God really messed up. This is God's fault. Inshallah."
"That's your problem."
"What can I do?" or it's cognate "What can you do?"
-- to be accompanied with the ritual shrugging of shoulders, about the only secular liturgical gesture there is -- a physical devotion, if you will, to the abyss of totality, or the nihilist horizon
"Oh well, that's just me."
-- who else can it be, pray tell?
"I speak my mind."
"I say what I want."
-- note the opportunistic ambiguity that conflates the two possible connotations: "I say whatever is passing for thought in my cerebral apparatus," or "I am committed to the expression of my wants, and I have substituted my true logos and telos with the acquisition of my demands ... I have become a Ferengi in my soul"
"My feelings are important."
"Celibacy is the cause of scandal."
-- celibacy, by definition, cannot ever be the cause of pedophilia: there are other reasons, but not celibacy, and female ordination will not help, either.
"Chastity is impossible. Asceticism is impossible. Effectuality and righteousness and sacrament are all unrelated. Prayer is just, you know, an intrapsychic epiphenomenon within a closed biological and predictable system."
-- what matters today is not atheism so much, nor immorality, nor wahhabist sharia, nor even globalized idiot quotidianism: what matters today is today's complete renunciation of Christian prayer -- for prayer is, after all, predicated on the union of the Divine nature with the human, the intersection of eternal predestination with psychic freedom: if there is no prayer, there is no remembrance of the Incarnation, and the spirit of antichrist will coalesce into identity and cultural power: "When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith?"
"We need progressive religion. We need church to meet our felt needs."
-- the single greatest heretical challenge against apostolic, Nicene Christianity. It is the slogan for the establishment of autonomy in opposition to ecclesial authority.
"We all worship the same God."
-- uh, no, we don't.
"We all worship."
-- uh, no, we don't.
"I feel that ..."
-- the conflation of feeling and thinking is one of the great strategic triumphs of the dark age.
"I am entitled to my opinion."
-- well, yes, but what of it? The road to hell is NOT paved with good intentions, because goodness is never oriented to hell, or present in hell. Dr. Samuel Johnson (blessed be he) and St. Bernard are wrong in saying so, because hell admits no goodness, not even in mere intentional form.
Hell, rather, is paved with opinions, and the "road to hell" (i.e., its rehearsal in history and eschatological anticipation) is asphalted black with opinion. The devil started his comet-like career with opinion, not good intention. Heresy starts with opinion. Liberal Christianity starts with opinion, not reality or vision. Materialism (capitalism and marxism) starts with a blinkered, prejudiced and jaundiced opinion that excludes all metaphysics.
So yes, you can have your opinion, and you're welcome to it. But heaven doesn't rejoice at your having an opinion. Even rocks and snails have an opinions, but they are not too interesting (although they would probably get a lot of votes). Human nature, though, ought to gain knowledge of reality that stretches beyond perception. When examined in the light of day, opinion is of a rather lower, more pedestrian, quality. The freedom to foster opinions is like saying, "Yes, Adam, you can sin, but it sure as hell isn't good for you." But to know the truth, the gospel truth -- as opposed to mainline opinion -- is to be set free.
"Christianity [in its acceptable form] already has a cosmic embrace, and already in some way includes all people, merely earnest in Spirit, and not one merely parochial in context ... Christianity of the more parochial kind has perpetrated in its own name many destructive abuses."
-- from a particularly rancid translator's preface to an otherwise wonderful Orthodox tome on theology
"Christianity is not exclusively true, therefore there is no salvation because there is no need for it, therefore there is no sin, therefore there was no Cross. Well, yes, maybe an execution, but no intersection of vision with history, of the philosophical with the mystical, of the revelation of the Trinity and the fellowship of the single Theanthropos."
-- the episteme, or meta-narrative, of the powers-that-be, the Tower
"The Cross is a political denunciation ... the Resurrection is really a vision/halluncination of a new order. It was necessary for Pilate to crucify Jesus, if, that is, there ever was a Jesus."
-- from the gents at the Jesus Seminar
"I think, therefore I am."
"There is no blasphemy."