from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being orthodox.
- n. Orthodox practice, custom, or belief.
- n. The beliefs and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- n. Orthodox Judaism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Correctness in doctrine and belief.
- n. Conformity to established and accepted beliefs (usually of religions).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Soundness of faith; a belief in the doctrines taught in the Scriptures, or in some established standard of faith; -- opposed to
heterodoxyor to heresy.
- n. Consonance to genuine Scriptural doctrines; -- said of moral doctrines and beliefs.
- n. By extension, said of any generally accepted doctrine or belief; the orthodox practice or belief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being orthodox; correctness of opinion; soundness of doctrine, especially in theology; specifically, in theology, conformity to the faith of the Church Catholic, as represented in its primitive ecumenical creeds, or to the Greek Church, called Orthodox.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
- n. the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
Paleo becomes a necessary prefix only because the term orthodoxy has been preempted and to some degree tarnished by the modern (Bultmannian-Tillichian - Niebuhrian) tradition of neo-orthodoxy.
That is what you call orthodoxy -- the subjection of the many.
Can you guess what it might be, or does your invested faith in "orthodoxy" prevent you from seeing what you don't wish to see?
The "orthodoxy" is that there is no compelling information on what those differences are, what genetic and cultural mechanisms lead to cognitive differences, what the level of plasticity is, and what an appropriate political response is.
It has always been thus, and some of the turf wars of the past couple of hundred years have been outrageously nasty, deadly to more than one brilliant individual, career-destroying and ridiculously extended beyond all reason and evidence that the reigning "orthodoxy" is flat-out wrong.
There can be no renaissance when an official orthodoxy is forced upon citizens and the state mindlessly meddles in the marketplace of ideas and knowledge with a heavy hand.
Worse, those at the center of such monocultures can become convinced of their own righteousness, such that any action they take in support of the orthodoxy is by definition ethically justified.
And then as soon as any Repulican/conservative/the right takes them up on this, any comment that deviates from liberal orthodoxy is immediately met with cries of “racist!!!!”.
No doubt the Texas Board will go overboard in some ways, but I think a little dissent from the reigning orthodoxy is long overdue, and I have every confidence that students will spare no effort in ferreting out where their teachers and/or standards are mistaken.
Since orthodoxy comes from the Greek ὀρθός, meaning straight, I would suggest that it is probably correct etymologically to call gays non-orthodox.