Humble Orthodoxy Hardback

Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down

by Joshua Harris;

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Humble Orthodoxy

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In a world where ‘orthodoxy’ has become both a weapon and a battleground for differing expressions and interpretations of the Bible, Joshua Harris reminds you that the word simply means ‘right thinking about God’. When we remember that we all seek teaching and belief based on established, proven, cherished truths of the faith - that don’t budge, then we can only approach the subject in humility.

The author relies on the simple beliefs for his plumb line of faith as taught in Scripture and affirmed in the historic creeds:

• There is one God who created all things.
• God is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• The Bible is God’s inerrant word to humanity.
• Jesus is the virgin-born, eternal Son of God.
• Jesus died as a substitute for sinners so they could be forgiven.
• Jesus rose from the dead.
• Jesus will one day return to judge the world.

Exploring the problems with the word orthodoxy the author tries to fathom why doctrine sometimes leads even the most sincere seekers after truth into being argumentative, annoying, and arrogant.

Humble Orthodoxy helps the Christian find a strong commitment to sound doctrine, to be courageous in your stand for biblical truth and be gracious in your words and interaction with other people. Because the God who told us to “Contend for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), also commands us to “Love your neighbour as yourself ” (Matthew 22:39) and, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ (1 Peter 5:5).

This book leads the right thinking Christian toward the genuine love and humility of heart before God and other people. Because we don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both.

Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris was published by Waterbrook Multnomah in April 2013 and is our 47100th best seller. The ISBN for Humble Orthodoxy is 9781601424754.

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Orthodoxy, for the faithful, evokes what's cherished and beautiful and eternal. Yet in our day, orthodoxy is too often wielded like a weapon, used to bludgeon others with differing points of view. The word has become associated with behavior like argumentative, annoying, and arrogant.

It's time for God's people to demonstrate both right thinking and right attitudes. We are called to embrace and defend biblical truth. But that truth includes repeated commands to love our neighbor, love our enemy, and be clothed in gentleness and respect.

In Humble Orthodoxy, bestselling author Joshua Harris examines New Testament teachings about the calling of believers to a love-infused courage that ignores foolish controversies, patiently endures evil, and champions truth with generosity of spirit. Without this kind of humility, Harris asserts, we become like the Phariseesóright in our doctrine, but ultimately destroying the cause of truth with our pride.


“I suppose the opposite of humble orthodoxy is arrogant orthodoxy—a rather ugly pairing of words since ‘orthodoxy’ takes us to King Jesus, who is ‘gentle and humble in heart.’ Defending orthodoxy, a perennially urgent responsibility, so easily degenerates into our defending ourselves and our opinions, a perennially deceptive form of idolatry. May this short book by Joshua Harris encourage many to love and articulate the truth with the same tears of compassion that Jesus shed over the city.” — D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, and author of The Intolerance of Tolerance

“When many years ago I first heard my good friend Josh Harris talk about the need for ‘humble orthodoxy,’ the phrase resonated with me immediately. Because, as Calvin said, the heart is an idol-making factory, we often take a good thing and make it an ultimate thing. We take something that is meant to help people, and we use it in hurtful ways. Sadly, many thinking Christians do this with doctrine. We argue for the glory of God in an unglorious manner. Josh knows this and is on a mission to change the tone of our theological conversations and put doctrine in its rightful place—as a servant to all but a master to none. He understands that if we dot all our doctrinal i’s and cross all our doctrinal t’s but have not love, we will be nothing more than ‘a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.’ Thanks for this, Josh. A much-needed message for our time.” — Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything

“When I think of the words ‘humble orthodoxy,’ I think immediately of Josh Harris. In this book you will find not merely an expert calling us to an abstract idea. You will find the heart of a man who demonstrates humility and conviction, mostly in ways that he doesn’t see himself (or he wouldn’t be qualified to write this book). Humble Orthodoxy will show you, with authenticity and vulnerability, what it means to realize that, left to ourselves, we are all arrogant heretics. But the Spirit of God can crucify our pride and our unfaithfulness. I heartily commend this good, practical book.” — Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, and author of Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

“I love the message of Humble Orthodoxy. It further fueled the fire within me for a passionate commitment to truth that would put me on my knees instead of puffing me up. God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. I pray that God will use the message of this book to topple tall towers of pride that are so out of place in the church of Jesus Christ. May pure worship flow from humble orthodoxy!” — Jason Meyer, pastor of preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN


Details for Humble Orthodoxy

Page last updated 24th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherWaterbrook Multnomah (April 2013)
Number of Pages96
Thickness11 mm
Height165 mm
Width119 mm
Product Code4071215
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