Friday, October 13, 2006

I finished "A Generous Orthodoxy". The book is full of more than I can ever share here and I am still soaking up much of what I read. What I have absorbed thus far is that a generous orthodoxy is one of acceptance. It meets people where they are not to conform them, but to love them. It doesn't set out with the thought of changing anyone but rather loving everyone. It's broad scope is wide enough to let everyone in because it understands that we are all God's creation, made in his image. The fact that a person doesn't accept this makes it no less true. It seeks to learn from other people what is right and good and true about God and to give back what it has learned is right and good and true about God. It understands and accepts that it doesn't have it all figured out. It sees faith as a continuous journey rather than a well worn path. This generation picks up forging the path where the last one left off.
Perhaps the author says it best,
"To be a Christian in a generously orthodox way is not to claim to have the truth captured, stuffed, and mounted on the wall. It is rather to be in a loving (ethical) community of people who are seeking the truth (doctrine) on the road of mission (witness, as McClendon said) and who have been launched on the quest by Jesus, who, with us, guides us still. Do we have it? Have we taken hold of it? Not fully, not yet, of course not. But we keep on seeking. We're finding enough to keep us going. But we're not finished. That, to me, is orthodoxy-a way of seeing and seeking, a way of living, a way of thinking and loving and learning that helps what we believe become more true over time, more resonant with the infinite glory that is God."


R said...

I've been wanting to read this book for over a year. I'll have to get on it.

aola said...

me too. It's on my list.

Sandra said...

I think you'll both love it. Velvet Elvis is great too!