I attended a paper at a conference a while ago that argued that the early Semitic worldview was largely orthopraxic, in contrast to a dominant Greek worldview that emphasized correct thinking, or orthodoxy. It went on to discuss early Judaism and Christianity as originally orthopraxic traditions that, once assimilated into this Greek philosophical worldview (largely through apologists and scholars) shifted toward an orthodoxic soteriology. This is why many in modern Christianity care more about your perspective on Christ’s ontological relationship with God than about how you interact with your neighbors and family.
November 7, 2009
James McGrath and Biblical Literalism