Orthodoxy Down, Orthonomy Up?

David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch, writing in the New York Times, February 21, 2009, opine about that which this blog has begun to chronicle, namely, the decline of the authority of Scripture in the church of Christ. These two observers of the current scene don’t seem too worried, because they believe that emerging church guruess Phyllis Tickle has the answer to the “demise of orthodoxy.” And what is the answer Mrs. Tickle provides? Why, orthonomy of course. Yes, that’s right, orthonomy. None of that old-time B-I-B-L-E, that’s good enough for me. Now we must have orthonomy to lead us through the canyons of confusion confronting the modern Christian.

Phyllis Tickle

Says Mrs. Tickle concerning orthonomy:

“it means the employment of aesthetic or harmonic purity as a tool — and therefore the intent or authority — of anything, be that thing either doctrine or practice.”

Doesn’t that just make you want to have a hallelujah breakdown? Reading that makes shivers run down one’s leg faster than Obama makes ‘em run down Chris Matthews’. No more dead, antiquated, orthodox, biblical popery for us, by golly! No sir. Now we have orthonomy to guide us.

And whence does Mrs. Tickle believe our new orthonomic authority will arise? Blankenhorn and Rauch inform us:

Tickle suggests that it arises out of community, conversation, and a new way of knowing, from the compost provided by every sector and tradition of the church…

I knew it! All that old stuff of tradition that we used to believe in, it was COMPOST! It was the moral equivalent of DO-DO! And to replace it, we have… ORTHONOMY!

Onward, Christian orthonomists! We shall conquer the world for Christ.

Orthonomy comes from conversation, Mrs. Tickle informs us. Thank God for the word “conversation.” But for that word, the emerging churchers would be no more. Matthew David Cameron would like to join in a conversation with the emerging churchers. He would like to ask them why is it that everytime he hears them speak, he is overcome with nausea.


~ by matthewdavidcameron on June 16, 2009.

2 Responses to “Orthodoxy Down, Orthonomy Up?”

  1. People who have the right doctrine are not always the nicest people. The lord uses them for sure. But there’s something desperately wrong if our theology is right but our life is not. True theology is supposed to make a difference. If it doesn’t penetrate our heart and our life, then the right theology is not good enough.

  2. You are absolutely right that people with the right doctrine are sometimes not very nice. Conversely, a person who has no doctrine can be the nicest person in the world. However, both types are equally dangerous to the health of Jesus’ church.

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