Sunday, December 23, 2007

Orthodoxy at heart of faith in Christ

By Fr. John Parker
Sunday, October 7, 2007

In recent weeks, Adam Parker of The Post and Courier wrote two articles investigating the history of religious schism and asking the question, "Should religion's goal be a 'universal church' or is religious diversity a good thing?"

Parker states that in times of trouble and theological debate "some believers ... react by reasserting orthodoxy." I would like to take the liberty to explain why I believe there is no little "o" orthodoxy and to define and describe "Orthodoxy" as "Christianity from the beginning." As a result, we will see but one Jesus Christ and the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Little "o" orthodoxy is a concept that inherently has no meaning, precisely because it is an idea used to defend certain Reformation and post-Reformation ideas, not all of which are held in common by those who would label themselves orthodox.

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