Whether accidentally or incidentally, our outlook is undeniably shaped by tradition. We only know things as we have received them. If this is the case, then those inherited ideas and values we take most seriously should be understood to their fullest. By “fullness,” I mean going beyond our own selves past our current understanding of inherited ideas to their original intention and context- their orthodox understanding. We have no more serious inheritance than Christianity, after all. Undoubtedly we have received it from two thousand years of history, within a Christian Tradition. We the believers affirm Christianity as factually true, but do we go beyond and affirm a real connection with the Faith as it was founded?
In committing ourselves to believing the New Testament narrative of Christ and the Apostles, we also commit ourselves to that same body of believers being exclusively the seed from which Christianity grew. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle” is
Orthodoxy, then, is not simply conscious espousal of the doctrines of the