Orthodoxy As Habit of the Body

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“Orthodoxy requires all our faculties, our reason, our imagination, our bodily habits, our affections. Straight thinking is inconsistent with crooked lives. Faith without works is dead; stories without dragons are boring; worship is a matter of sound doctrine and well-cooked meat on the grill; and a god chained to earth, however noble the portrayal, is some kind of Prometheus and not the God of Abraham. The fact that, to many, the foregoing seems to be a chain of non sequiturs helps to demonstrate the problem. We fail to see that orthodoxy is actually a bodily habit that, naturally, has to include the mind. And this is why true orthodoxy is lovely and involves the whole man” [“The Loveliness of Orthodoxy” in Bound Only Once, p. 18]

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