What is generous orthodoxy? A statement of purpose

The word ortho-doxy (Greek for “right doctrine”) has both positive and negative connotations. In a culture that prizes what is iconoclastic and transgressive, orthodoxy has come to sound constricted and unimaginative at best, oppressive and tyrannical at worst.

The position taken on this website is that we cannot do without orthodoxy, for everything else must be tested against it, but that orthodox (traditional, classical) Christian faith should by definition always be generous as our God is generous; lavish in his creation, binding himself in an unconditional covenant, revealing himself in the calling of a people, self-sacrificing in the death of his Son, prodigal in the gifts of the Spirit, justifying the ungodly and indeed, offending the “righteous” by the indiscriminate nature of his favor. True Christian orthodoxy therefore cannot be narrow, pinched, or defensive but always spacious, adventurous and unafraid.
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Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and the British Isles. She will teach at one of the Pontifical Colleges at the Vatican in 2020. She is the author of ten books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most celebrated book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.

One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for twenty-one years in parish ministry, fourteen of them on the clergy staff at Grace Church in New York City.

Fleming and her husband celebrated their 60th anniversary in October 2019. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia. More About Fleming

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