Orthodox Zoroastrianism

Doctrines Apart from the extreme movements of the reformists and the theosophists, other Zoroastrians continue to hold more central or orthodox positions regarding doctrinal and ritual matters. Due to the nature of this school of thought, it is the least vociferous and the least remarked upon, but nevertheless is of equal importance when describing the Zoroastrian faith. It is generally held to be the case that the orthodox position is expounded through the continuation of traditional ritual observances rather than by academic discourses. However, some scholars have emphasized belief in a righteous personal God and the belief in spiritual and bodily resurrection.

History The orthodox position, or school of thought, is a continuation of more central Zoroastrian positions regarding doctrine and ritual. As a response to the nineteenth century reformist arguments, the tendency was to engage in debate over ritual observances rather than argue over doctrinal matters. However, some scholars, including Dastur Rustom Sanjana (1857-1931), have also emphasized the importance of belief in orthodox doctrines, such as belief in a righteous personal God. Sanjana promotes the authority of the Avesta whilst rejecting the traditional dualist position; an illustration of the difficulty in attempting to produce strict characterisations of Parsi religious movements.

Symbols See Zoroastrianism.

Adherents As this is a school of thought, the numbers of adherents are not known.

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 Orthodox Zoroastrians can be found in all the main Zoroastrian communities.