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orthodox
used in Change of Heart by Picoult

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normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
  • "Orthodoxy takes the risk away," Fletcher agreed.
  • Some of them—like Joey Kunz, who was Greek Orthodox, and Pogie, who was Southern Baptist—liked to listen when I visited Shay and read scripture; a few of them had even asked if I'd stop by and pray with them when I came in to see Shay.
  • He was a famous orthodox Christian historian whose text The Prescription Against Heretics was a forerunner of the Nicene Creed.
  • Instead of everyone searching for understanding on their own, orthodox religion came along and said, 'Do x, y, and z—and the world will be a better place.'
  • He saw three huge differences between Orthodox Christianity and Gnosticism.
  • Unlike in the Orthodox Church, you couldn't be a member simply by joining—you had to show evidence of spiritual maturity to be accepted.
  • But that was just a technicality to the Gnostics, because unlike Orthodox Christians, they didn't see a gap between the human and the divine.
  • I'm sure you remember how Irenaeus decided to unify the Orthodox Christian Church—by figuring out who was a true believer, and who was faking.
  • He said that we can't be divine, because Jesus's life and death were so different from that of any man—which became the very beginning of Orthodox Christianity.
  • But Fletcher was saying that the most powerful ideas had been subjugated... because they jeopardized the existence of the Orthodox Church.
  • That the reason they'd had to be crushed was because—at one point—they'd been as or more popular than Orthodox Christianity.
  • They're simply the stories that best supported the creed that the Orthodox Church wanted people to follow.
  • And they belonged to a group called Gnostic Christians—a splinter group from Orthodox Christianity, who believed that true religious enlightenment meant undertaking a very personal, individual quest to know yourself, not by your socioeconomic status or profession, but at a deeper core.
  • The New Testament—in particular, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—were the ones that the orthodoxy chose to uphold.
  • Because the Orthodox Christian Church felt threatened by the Gnostics.
  • On the other hand, the Orthodox Christians were delineating the steps to being card-carrying members of the group—confess the creed, accept baptism, worship, obey the priests.

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