Thursday, February 28, 2008

C. Michael Patton on orthodoxy and orthopraxy

As many of our readers are already aware, Norman Jeune III, Matthew Wilcoxen, and I have been collaborating to create this blog, Christians in Context. We have been working hard to offer, consistent, engaging topics for discussion. More specifically, one of our main focuses has been to facilitate conversation on any and all Christian topics as it pertains to theology and culture while remaining open to sober dialogue between supposedly opposing groups; albeit, remaining true to our Lord by embracing what I like to call essential orthodoxy. We have and will discuss all aspects of the church as it relates to the "implementation" of the Christian faith. I have very much enjoyed every aspect of this enterprise and cannot wait to see how much of an impact we can make.

Interestingly enough I’ve been reading much of C. Michael Patton’s blog due to the attention it has been getting on the “classification” of Emergent church members (remember the interesting charts we posted). For those of you who may not be aware, these charts were actually the root from which all the controversy with Tony Jones began; Patton originally put the charts together, and they were copied all over the blogosphere. We posted them after seeing a discussion on Scot McKnight's blog,and Tony Jones responded on McKnight's blog with a challenge for anyone to quote him moving beyond the bounds of orthodoxy. Once Matt answered that challenge, we saw an interesting array of topics spawned; much of this discussion has been related to the question of what orthodoxy is, and in certain cases, how the epistemology of some within the Emergent movement impacts our abillity to speak of such a thing as orthodoxy.

In any case, I just got done listening to his latest show on Theology unplugged called “What is orthodoxy?” Quite the interesting topic indeed, especially in light of everything that has transpired with Tony Jones’ supposed deconstruction of the term. I anticipate Mr. Patton to address some of the major questions asked; I look forward to the conversation, and plan to chime in often as it continues.

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