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Orthopraxis And Being Faithful To One’s Tradition

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This chapter presents a query on common view on orthodoxy and adaptation to cultural changes. It discusses the leading question of this volume, the relationship between orthodoxy and adaptation to cultural change, from a philosophical perspective. The chapter focuses on "orthopraxis " instead of "orthodoxy". It argues that the basic concern of any (religious) community in all times is not so much about how to adapt to current culture, but rather about how to remain faithful to its tradition. It applies these theoretical considerations to a specific case of orthodoxy and adaptation to cultural change, the Sunday's rest, which is relevant for the identity of religious as well as secular communities. Finally the chapter addresses the question: how are people able to remain faithful to the tradition they are existentially committed to and that constitutes their identity in changing cultural conditions?.

Keywords: adaptation; cultural change; orthodoxy; orthopraxis; tradition



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