is @WDeichmann right about Orthodoxy?

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Dr. Deichmann begins,

Orthodoxy has fallen from favor among some otherwise fervent adherents of Christianity…its detractors often link orthodoxy with contemporary right wing politics and social policies, which in turn is used as the justification, by those who disagree with these political and social opinions, to dismiss orthodoxy as irrelevant if not harmful to the church.

What’s Right with Orthodoxy? | Catalyst Resources Catalyst Resources.

She goes on to note that unlike the stereotype, orthodoxy is not a long list of dogmatic appeals to unreasonable tenets meant to oppress but a rather short list of belief-statements meant to unite. Further, she notes orthodoxy does not mean political right-wing membership.

I had a conversation at SBL with someone who shall remain nameless. We discussed some of my faith journey and what our former tradition was like. It lacked any sense of orthodoxy, rejecting nearly everything. There was no Trinity, no Great Tradition, or anything that smacked of a Catholic influence. Indeed, not even the Apostle’s Creed. There was nothing except our own interpretation, or rather the pastor’s interpretation, to measure our thinking by. Thus, nothing existed before us that was right. Nothing existed besides us that was correct. The point was made, and I agree, the institutional church, with all of its problems, presents a better view of Christianity than these heterodox or unorthodox sects trumpeting their peculiar brand of freedom.

I believe in orthodox, most notably enshrined in the Apostles’ Creed and the (first) Nicene Creed (325), although I do tend to appreciate the description of the Godhead as found in the Creed of Serdica/Sardica/Sophia (346). I further believe orthodoxy provides intellectual freedom and reasonable boundaries in our pursuit of God. Rather than limiting us, it unites us. I need not repeat what Dr. Deichmann has said, of course.

Orthodoxy and the Institutional Church are often chided as repressive regimes in need of change. I disagree. I believe these entities, together, are the best path forward for Christianity.

Anyway, I wanted to draw your attention to the article. By the way, theological orthodoxy does not and should never mean an adherence to any political faction. If anything, it should push you away from adherence to political factions. Ours is the Kingdom.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. With seeming inevitability, once personal faith becomes organized and standardized, any resulting religion becomes the quintessential bully on the block. The true tragedy of Christianity is that, although the religion has gained tremendous wealth and power over the intervening millennia, the religion continues to portray itself as if it were still a first century victim of Roman oppression. When coupled with an aura of unbridled arrogance, the profound disconnect has made latter day Christianity ripe for fall. The rise of Islam in the East and the assent atheism in the West may signal the beginning of a great 21st century tribulation for a populous religion in desperate need of more than merely a few high class funerals. It just may need a thorough housecleaning!

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