Mystery, Heresy, and Orthodoxy

A mystery is a paradox in which two ideas that seem to compete or contradict one another intersect. A heresy is an attempt to resolve the paradox by promoting one idea over the other violating the integrity of the competing idea and over-empasizing the other. A heresy is also an idea that refuses to admit it has failed when in fact it has. Orthodoxy is the preservation of a mystery, or the proper resolution of a paradox that shows how the two ideas that seemed to compete actually work together. An example of a paradox is the seemingly competitive ideas of the sovereignty of God and the free will of man.

(These definitions aren’t meant to be comprehensive, only introductory.)


4 thoughts on “Mystery, Heresy, and Orthodoxy

  1. I see you’re making up your own definitions now. Note that none of the religious and literary notions of what these terms represent have anything to do with orthodoxy or elevating anything over anything.

    Mystery: a religious belief based on divine revelation, especially one regarded as beyond human understanding (but doesn’t seem to rein believers from telling us what it actually means).

    Paradox (in literary terms): a statement which seems on its face to be logically inconsistent or absurd, yet turns out to be interpretable in a way that makes good sense.

    Heresy: any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established (religious) beliefs or (religious) customs.


    1. *You know, according to whateverman, “**definitions don’t need evidence*. Feel free to reject or accept them as you see fit, however.”

      He said this after I showed atheists believe in their definition of faith and they believe it without evidence.

  2. Tildeb: I see you’re making up your own definitions now.

    Dan: I don’t agree with these definitions. I find them to be untrue and too narrow.

    Making up pretend atheist arguments and now making up his own special English language. Goodness me! Will the creativity never end?

    Clearly, when Dan use a word it means just what he chooses it to mean — neither more nor less.
    Pure Humpty Dumptyism.

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