American commentator Thomas Oden (interviewed today on The Religion Report ) gives an interesting rationale for the newly defined "confessing" movement within the churches. It doesn't take long for such discussions to get semantic; asked whether the right wing movement was "anti liberal" he responded that it was "pro orthodox".
This is not unlike the anti-abortion <--> pro-life distinction, with which I have some sympathy. But which is also an exercise in capturing the semantic high ground.
I have some problem assuming that "pro-orthodox" means narrowly conservative. Indeed I understand Christian orthodoxy to be a radical movement. Jesus himself challenges us to move away from the nitpicking of conservatism and to adopt a radical stance towards humanity.
St Paul reminds us that it is for freedom that we have been set free, a stratement of radical inclusion and openness to human life. Yet so much of neo-conservatism seems to be about defining narrower and yet narrower boundaries which keep people out rather than draw people in.
These sharp boundaries indeed have a certain appeal to people who need to feel that security lies in exact knowing. For me, radical orthodoxy as typified by the cross and the resurrection says rather that faith in God is not about certainty of outcome, it is about being able to trust God even when things seem to rock and roll underneath us.