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.
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.
- Theological Orthodoxy is Essential (juicyecumenism.com)
- A Mistake in the Apostles’ Creed?!?!? (preacherjeff45.wordpress.com)
- Why the Apostle’s Creed isn’t Enough (theologiansinthefield.wordpress.com)
- do evangelicals, pentecostals, and charismatic christians meet the demands of ‘basic orthodoxy’ (unsettledchristianity.com)
- Journey to Orthodoxy (songsofremorse.wordpress.com)
- Road to Orthodoxy (theamericanpoststandard.com)