I don’t like that I have to ask this but I haven’t heard of this before and would like some information on it.
- If one holds, for example, that the Rambam literally holds that demons don’t exist, which are talked about multiple times throughout tanach and Talmud, would that mean that the Rambam is a heretic c”v?
- If the answer to the above question is yes, then would the fact that he’s the most cited person in the shulchan orech cause us to reconsider all of modern day halacha?? And how do we reconcile the fact that so many authorities respect him?
- If the above answer is no, would accusing him of being one cause the accuser to have a status of an apikores?
- If the answer is unknown, what would that mean for us in terms of following a possible heretic?
My personal opinion is that I find it hard to believe that Hashem would allow the Jewish people to become so swayed that all of halacha is skewed and most of us are looking up to a heretic. I also don’t find it likely that he was a heretic because of all the rabbanim and geniuses who had great admiration for the Rambam and paskened based on his teachings (this may be a logical fallacy of appealing to authority, but tradition and respect for rabbinic authorities is one of the core pillars in Judaism).
What would be best is if someone can explain the whole situation so that there is no confusion.
I apologize if I am leaving out any information that would be helpful to the question or if I am not asking as well as I can be.