In-Sight: Orthodoxy

If we view orthodoxy as a single point, our ego will easily convince us that we are standing on it.  Other points will necessarily be judged as closer to, or farther from, the truth.

But if we view orthodoxy like a circle, our ego has to yield that the point where we stand is but one vantage point on the circumference of an array of perspectives. What holds us together is the Center, Who is God.

And it appears that God has used upwards of four thousand years of Judeo-Christian history to create and place multiple vantage points on the circumference. In Christianity we broadly speak of them as Roman, Orthodox, Protestant, etc.  And within each cluster, a wide variety of segments further represent orthodox belief.

This means that church is plural, not singular–at least theologically speaking.  It means that God has distributed truth rather than putting all of it in one place.  And recognizing that, we see that the call is to come together with the truth our vantage point contains, offer it, receive what others have to offer, and find the glory of God in the community, not the individual–the greater Light in the candlelabra, not the candle

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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3 Responses to In-Sight: Orthodoxy

  1. jimharnish says:

    Thanks for a fresh, honest, and helpful way of seeing orthodoxy. We can be equally orthodox but stand at different places in the circle. Praise God!

  2. Jack Harnish says:

    Well said. A fresh way of viewing orthodoxy and the breadth of the church.

  3. amygill36 says:

    Thank you for the marvelous, clear visual. Wow!

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