Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What's Right with Orthodoxy?

By Wendy J. Deichmann
November 25, 2013

Orthodoxy has fallen from favor among some otherwise fervent adherents of Christianity. Its critics associate orthodoxy with old-fashioned, unreasonable Christian beliefs from a bygone era. Moreover, 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. The reasoning goes like this: If one adheres to Christian orthodoxy, one's politics and social views must be old-fashioned and regressive, somewhere on a fast track back to the Dark Ages.

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