Generous orthodoxy is aware of the need to keep listening and learning in openness to the Spirit and to the world for the sake of the gospel, it seeks to keep conversations going and not to end them. Generous orthodoxy does not so much specify a particular point or position as it establishes a spacious territory defined by certain distinct boundaries in which there is space to live, move, and breathe while exploring the wonders and mysteries of the faith. In this context ongoing conversation is nothing less than the gracious gift of God through the work of the Spirit in fulfillment of the promise to guide the church into the fullness of truth.
So let us not covet the last word, let us be honest about our presuppositions and potential blind spots, and honest about our passions and even forthright in our convictions. To do this we should be willing to engage with the many voices found in the church and in our culture.
Let the Church be a place for conversation for the sake of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
We might be encouraged to keep in mind the words of Hans Frei, who once commented on the term he had coined: “Generosity without orthodoxy is nothing, but orthodoxy without generosity is worse than nothing.”
(with gratitude to challenges heard after reading
A Generous Orthodoxy
by Brian D McLaren )