From the Fall, 1997 issue of Touchstone

Is <title>Turning Hearts to the Fathers by Thomas C. Oden

Turning Hearts to the Fathers

Excerpt From A Conversation with Thomas C. Oden

Orthodoxy is a term that emerges out of the history of Christianity. It is distinguished from heresy in that any heretical view is other than that which has been received in the apostolic Tradition. Orthodoxy is that exegesis of the texts of the apostolic Tradition (that is the New Testament itself) that has been generally received by the widest circle of Christians, East and West. Those who argue for “ecumenical orthodoxy” cannot argue it either from the side of the East or the West. You have to argue it from the side of synods and writers in the East that were received in the West and synods and writers in the West that were received in the East—those consensual Christian writers and . . .


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