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:: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 ::

Orthodoxy is All the Verses You Didn't Underline

James has a great post in regards to one of my favorite phrases:

Orthodoxy is all the verses in the Bible you didn't underline!

I have another favorite to add to his list: 2 Peter 1:4--

"by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature."

This "partaking of the divine nature" made no sense until I discovered Orthodoxy and its doctrine of theosis. (See also Wayne Olson's great review of this article HERE.)

A friend of mine and I were recently talking about the evangelical phenomenon of underlining texts in the Bible and he remarked that his pastor always used the phrase "anchor text" during his sermons. At the time my friend didn't really notice but eventually it became clear that the same 20 or so verses and passages were the ones used as the "anchor text." He began to wonder why there was so much of the Bible not talked about in most sermons.

Speaking of this, here is a pet peeve of mine:

The Word of God is not the Bible!! The Word, the Logos of God is Jesus Christ!

But then again, that is why the Orthodox have no need of "anchor texts"....

:: Karl :: 11:33:00 AM [Link] ::

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