What is the Meaning of "Orthodoxy"?

C_M_C_M_ Posts: 2,904

The Meaning of "Orthodoxy?

  1. What is it?
  2. Are there different types?
  3. Is it limited to the church and/or the Bible?
  4. Who authorizes orthodoxy?
  5. Does orthodoxy need religious body blessings?

Any thoughts? These and other questions may be asked in one's determining truth. CM

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  • C_M_C_M_ Posts: 2,904

    The term orthodoxy has long been ambiguous. From its initial meaning of "right belief" or "right doctrine". History has shown it first meaning was and now understood in more recent centuries as "that form of Christianity which won the support of the overwhelming majority of Christians," i.e., the form of Christianity which had developed by the end of the fourth century A.D. and which Robert A. Kraft calls "Classical Christian Orthodoxy". Is it a guide or a crutch? What says ye? CM

    SOURCES:

    • -- Rudolf Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament. 2 vols., trans. Kendrick Grobel (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1955)
    • -- William E. Hordern, A Layman's Guide to Protestant Theology, rev. ed. (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1968), p. 1.
    • -- Robert A. Kraft, "The Development of the Concept of 'Orthodoxy' in Early Christianity," in Gerald F. Hawthorne, ed., Current Issues in Biblical and Patristic Interpretation. Studies in Honor of Merril C. Tennev Presented by His Former Students (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1975), p. 47.
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