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One of the contributing factors to the tension and polarization that exists in the Reformed community may be that there are different conceptions about the very nature of truth itself.  Is there a shift in understanding Christian truth in terms of doctrine  (orthodoxy) to the truth as right moral and social action (orthopraxis)?  What is the correct relationship between the two?  How has the Christian church traditionally understood the concept of heresy? What is the extent and limit of toleration in the church?  Is all schism or separation sin?  Can a Reformed church be both "true" and "catholic" or is the one inevitably sacrificed to the other?  Should the church consider itself placed in a state of confession (status confessionis) when it confronts social and moral issues such as apartheid, nuclear armament and feminism?  What does this imply for the church's responsibility to confess the Reformed faith today?

The essays in this timely volume, first presented at a conference on "Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis," held at Redeemer College, Hamilton, Ontario, on May 30-June 1, 1985, explore these and other related topics.  They are published as a challenge to the church to continue the discussion.