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      Orthodoxy or How to Assess the Quality of Faith

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          This article attempts to show that the performance of personal and communal Christian faith bears an intrinsic criterion by means of which its quality is to be assessed. This criterion is orthodoxy. In order to substantiate the thesis, a thought experiment will be conducted. In the first part, the experiment demonstrates as to why a purely private interpretation of faith is almost unbearable so that private faith seeks to expose itself to an external examination. Such exposure, as will further be argued, necessarily entails the introduction of a binary code, namely true vs. false or orthodox vs. heterodox. Continuing the thought experiment in the second part, the primary mode of the external examination will be presented as a communal practice of faith. In case this practice is disturbed, however, the examination mode changes from cooperation into a reasonable discourse about orthodoxy. Finally, it will be shown that the quest for orthodoxy cannot be restricted to the faith community alone but reaches beyond it and eventually proves to have a universal scope.

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          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          November 2017
          18 July 2019
          : 71
          : 4
          : 334-347
          Author notes

          Christoph Hubenthal is Professor of Systematic Theology and Co-Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen, Postbus 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, The Netherlands, c.huebenthal@ 123456ftr.ru.nl

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          10.5117/NTT2017.71.334.HUBE
          1e40d15c-a81f-480b-ab79-d922590672d3
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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