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At any given moment there is an orthodoxy: a body of idea which is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. Obey, 2013
Her [Florence Nightingale] conception of God was certainly not orthodox. She felt towards Him as she might have felt towards a glorified sanitary engineer; and in some of her speculations she seems hardly to distinguish between the Deity and the Drains. Lytton Strachey
How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape. Christopher Hitchens
These gangs were made up of religious bigots, often blessed by Orthodox priests and bishops, and sometimes augmented by fellow Orthodox ‘volunteers’ from Greece and Russia. They made a special attempt to destroy all evidence of Ottoman civilisation, as in the specially atrocious case of the dynamiting of several historic minerets in Banja Luka, which was done during a cease-fire and not as the result of any battle. Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p21
The Orthodox Jews are not blameless here. By claiming to be ‘chosen’ in a special exclusive covenant with the Almighty, they invited hatred and suspicion and evinced their own form of racism. ibid. p250
Orthodoxy is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man’s doxy. William Warburton
Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives. Walter Lippmann
Orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure. Reinhold Niebuhr
The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system. Kevin Kelly
The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means no thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. George Orwell, 1984
This is Israel’s southern border with Egypt. Today a seven-metre high fence separates the two countries. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Israel: Facing the Future, BBC 2013
The most powerful country in the Middle East. ibid.
By 2060 the ultra-orthodox are forecast to become nearly a third of Israel’s population. ibid.
A battle is underway for the soul of the Jewish state. ibid.
One in every five Israeli citizens is an Arab. ibid.