What is a Charitable Orthodoxy?
One of Denver Seminary’s core values is that of a Charitable Orthodoxy. I’ve spent my last four years at this institution learning all about it and what it means to have a ‘generous orthodoxy.” DenSem president, Mark Young, has an excellent blog post about this aspect of our faith. Below is an excerpt:
The pattern is all too familiar these days, isn’t it? The pitch and volume of the voice increases as the radio talk show host interrupts the invited guest or caller who dares to offer a different perspective on the issue at hand. Their incredulity cannot be mistaken and the message is clear, “How could anyone see the matter differently? There’s only one way to view this issue? You must be an idiot to think there’s another way to see it.” Television pundits, sometimes three of them talking over one another simultaneously, repeat the same sad performance nightly. Understanding takes a back seat to entertainment and civility gets drowned in bombast. The New Living Translation of Proverbs 18:2 seems to capture the tone and content of contemporary public discourse, “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”
…Charitable orthodoxy means that it’s not enough for us to be right; we must also be redemptive. That means we must be committed to seeking their good through the truth that we hold dear. That’s why our mission is to prepare men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Passionately committed to the truth and compassionately engaged in the lives of others.
Read on in his blog to discover more about living with a Charitable Orthodoxy.