Cindy Bryan quotes from Brian McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy and adds her own interesting comments:
“The last thing we need is a new group of proud, super-protestant, hyper-puritan, ultra-restorationist reformers who say, ‘Only we’ve got it right!’ and thereby damn everybody else to the bin of five minutes ago and the bucket of below average mediocrity.”
I can no longer bring myself to tune in to most religious programming because of that “I’m more religious than you—nanny nanny boo boo” tone. ICK!
“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… and who have been launched on the quest by Jesus who, with us, guides us still.”
A Generous Orthodoxy leaves room for “I don’t know,” and that’s probably what I appreciate the most about it. If we said “I don’t know” more often, I think we’d turn a lot less people away from Jesus.
We can know Jesus, without doubt, and still recognize that there will always be mystery, questions, things that remain unknown.
An ungenerous orthodoxy is rigid and defensive, militantly guarding theology at the expense of being judgmental. It is threatened by questioning and seeking.
A generous orthodoxy says there is room at the table for your questions. It isn’t afraid that the truth of God will be threatened by admitting we don’t know it all.