Alan Hirsch's new post is highlighting the importance of ensuring a form of discipleship that emerges from the intersection of orthodoxy, orthopraxy and orthopathy. In my comment I called this intersection the "sweet spot." It is critical that all of these elements are blended if we are to be, as well as train up, fully-devoted disciples of Christ. And when blended, they become something new. Yikes...I'm thinking perichoresis and communitas here...again!
The Abbess seems to have a penchant for seeing "purple" things...and I was struck by Alan's post because it is the first time I have pondered the term "orthopathy" since the whole Purple Martyrdom theme has arisen here on this blog.
So let's get our definitions understood right off the bat, eh? Alan's post defines our three "orthos" like this:
- Orthodoxy is understood as right belief.
- Orthopraxy is understood as right actions.
- Orthopathy is understood as right feelings.
No, lets back up a minute. The second part of this word, "pathy," comes from the Greek "pathos"... and I know that pathos means suffering.
Orthopathy means right suffering. And that's a horse of a different color....
Definitely more processing on this to come!
[Note: This site on orthopathy...as it relates to health...will definitely need further follow-up by The Abbess...so don't hold me accountable for the fine details yet! But it does have my brain spinning about a gazillion miles an hour currently...]