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Orthodoxy/Orthopraxis
(157 words)

Orthodoxy may refer primarily either to right faith or right behavior. When we consider religion as a social phenomenon, orthodoxy as right behavior is the more relevant understanding of this term. On this understanding orthodox persons are concerned to follow certain patterns of behavior such as giving alms, praying, fasting and appearing at religious services. Conformity with these patterns identifies certain individuals as parts of a given community, while failure to conform identifies others as other—heterodox, outsiders.

Orthodoxy may also be understood as referring…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Orthodoxy/Orthopraxis”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00050>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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