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  • Are there governments that still punish apostasy with death?
  • While heresy is rejection of specific doctrines, apostasy is rejection of an entire religion.
  • Even Alvah Scarret was shocked by Carson’s apostasy.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "It appears," said the baron, seating himself in the armchair opposite that occupied by Milady, and stretching out his legs carelessly upon the hearth, "it appears we have made a little apostasy!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • Hus and Jerome, with the mitres of apostasy upon their heads, had flamed and fizzled at the stake.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • This was what he had got by apostasy, and his punishment was deserved.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Sometimes there is a thin line separating orthodox zeal from apostasy," said Father Lenar Hoyt.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Do you remember at all what started off that little apostasy? …. Franny?
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Cruelty was easier to forgive than apostasy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Although they hurriedly called an official town meeting to pledge hypocritically their support to the President too, they stated publicly that John Quincy Adams, for his public association with Republican meetings and causes, should "have his head taken off for apostasy …. and should no longer be considered as having any communion with the party."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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  • And while Mrs. Anticol stayed pious, it was his idea of grand apostasy to drive to the reform synagogue on the high holidays and park his pink-eye nag among the luxurious, whirl-wired touring cars of the rich Jews who bared their heads inside as if they were attending a theater, a kind of abjectness in them that gave him grim entertainment to the end of his life.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I can almost forgive apostasy when I witness your skill.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Marriage is to me apostasy, profanation of the sanctuary of my soul, violation of my manhood, sale of my birthright, shameful surrender, ignominious capitulation, acceptance of defeat.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He greatly regretted that "the indiscretion of a printer" had doubtless offended his "friend Mr. Adams, for whom, as one of the most honest and disinterested men alive, I have cordial esteem," despite "his apostasy to hereditary monarchy."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …"but I would have thee know that all these things I am doing are not in joke, but very much in earnest, for anything else would be a transgression of the ordinances of chivalry, which forbid us to tell any lie whatever under the penalties due to apostasy; and to do one thing instead of another is just the same as lying; so my knocks on the head must be real, solid, and valid, without anything sophisticated or fanciful about them, and it will be needful to leave me some lint to dress my…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Say, Goddess, what ensued when Raphael, The affable Arch-Angel, had forewarned Adam, by dire example, to beware Apostasy, by what befel in Heaven To those apostates; lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race, Charged not to touch the interdicted tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obeyed amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite, Though wandering.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I don’t know if you remember, but I remember a time around here, buddy, when you were going through a little apostasy from the New Testament that could be heard for miles around.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • When the Republican press attacked Callender for his "apostasy, ingratitude, cowardice, lies, venality, and constitutional malignity," Callender struck back in the Recorder on September I, 1802, under the title "The President Again" : It is well known that the man whom it delighteth the people to honor, keeps and for many years has kept, a concubine, one of his slaves.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • His [John Quincy’s] apostasy is no longer a matter of doubt with anybody," cried Representative Gardenier of New York.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • This was what he had got by apostasy, and his punishment was deserved.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • Its incurable disease was an apostasy from the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
    Adams, John Quincy  --  John Quincy Adams,"Orations"
  • Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • The Qur’an states that God (in Arabic, Allah) despises apostasy.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Islam(retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The man killed him because of his political apostasy.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
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