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Adventures in Orthodoxy [Paperback]

By Dwight Longenecker (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2003
Publisher   Sophia Institute Press
ISBN  1928832660  
EAN  9781928832669  

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Watch out, Chesterton and C.S. Lewis! Here's a writer as clear . . . and as exciting! Christians often find the Creed as tedious as a contract, and orthodoxy dull as dirt. In these lively pages written for Christians and non-Christians alike Dwight Longenecker shows that, on the contrary, orthodoxy is exciting and the Creed the beginning of a grand, mysterious adventure! Longenecker demonstrates that, like an ornate cathedral rich with endless nuances of light and shade, the Creed teases with paradoxical possibilities; it bursts with magnificent meaning and unexpected, eternal insights. It sweeps away nihilism, challenges indifference, and uproots religion grown stale and pedestrian. In a word, says Longenecker, the Creed catapults believers to the brink of mystery and invites them to dwell there, in silent wonder and contemplation. Here you'll finally encounter the Creed as it really is: a striking affirmation that bears us not into theological dead ends, but unto a world that never ends; not into an obsolete medieval universe closed, dark, and dying but unto a bright and exciting world that moves in ever increasing spirals of glory, a world to which the only natural response is a grateful and hearty "Amen!"

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Dwight Longenecker has served as a parish priest, a chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Dwight has written sixteen books and countless articles for websites, magazines, and papers in the USA and Britain. His blog, "Standing on My Head, "has been voted one of the top religious blogs in the country. He holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and currently serves a local parish in Greenville, SC.


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Experiencing the Thrill of Orthodoxy  Oct 29, 2006
The creeds of the Church can seem to the outsider (and even to many within the Church) to be dry, dusty relics of a bygone era. Carefully formulated statements of belief in precise Greek or Latin are as antiquated in the minds of the average citizen in our post-modern landscape as a suit of armor. After all, isn't this stuff just so pre-Vatican II?

In Adventures in Orthodoxy, Dwight Longenecker demonstrates just how wrong this assumption of our times can be. Far from orthodoxy being dull, it is the beliefs of those who reject it that cling to unimagianitive opinions and miss what Chesterton referred to as "the thrill of orthodoxy." It is the heterodox who cannot fathom anything beyond their own dull material existence and reject the possiblilty of things unseen. It is the heterodox whose minds are closed to the possibility of God's miraculous intervention in this world. It is the heterodox who cannot accept that the creator of the universe would become one of them. It is the heterodox who cannot understand a love so great that the Alpha and the Omega of existence would shed His precious blood to redeem our fallen race.

Amazingly, Longencker does not make the case through exercises in logic but in appeals to the soul. As he examines each line of the Apostles' Creed, it is the conscience and not the syllogism that is his tool. In countering the representative of the cynical man of our times (the man from Missouri) with the man of faith, he shows it is the former and not the latter who clings to a dry, dusty relic. In reducing the world to the purposeless motion of that which can be experienced, the man from Missouri has surrendered any frame of reference from which to judge that which is good, beautiful, and holy. In its place he has placed ever-changing subjective standards that can do little more than express the passing fads that momentarily catch the fancy of the people without feeding their hunger for the eternal.

As Longenecker points out numerous times, the beliefs of the Christian faith in its fullness make no sense to those who have been raised on a diet of purposelessness and despair. Yet once one has put aside their initial reservations and accepted its surface contradicitions, nothing will ever make sense again without it.

This might not be the right book for those who are seeking a detailed theological exposition of the fine points of the creeds. But for those Christians who mouth the words without thinking each week or wonder what's the big deal, Adventures in Orthodoxy might just be the medicine they need.

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