Orthodoxy is the eastern aspect of Christianity. Orthodox Christians believe that they have retained the Christian faith as it was taught to and by the Apostles. The word itself comes from the Greek word orthodoxia, which loosely translated means "doing it the right way." The Orthodox faith is set forth in the Bible, in the decrees of the seven Ecumenical Councils, and in the Holy Tradition of the Church. The most concise listing of Orthodox dogma is the Nicene Creed.

Or"tho*dox`y (?), n. [Gr. : cf. F. orthodoxie. See Orthodox.]

1.

Soundness of faith; a belief in the doctrines taught in the Scriptures, or in some established standard of faith; -- opposed to heterodoxy or to heresy.

Basil himself bears full and clear testimony to Gregory's orthodoxy. Waterland.

2.

Consonance to genuine Scriptural doctrines; -- said of moral doctrines and beliefs; as, the orthodoxy of a creed.

3.

By extension, said of any correct doctrine or belief.

 

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