What Has Always Been Believed

Recently, a traditionalist Christian was trying to promote his views by saying something along the lines of how we should ignore interpretations of Scripture other than those that have always been believed by the Church.

In response, I would suggest that there’s no such thing as “what has always been believed by the Church,” because there have always been Christians (members of the Church, in other words) who disagreed with the doctrines that came to be considered “orthodox.” Calling these people heretics because they believed something other than the theology that won the doctrinal wars doesn’t make them wrong, and the fact that a belief came to be considered orthodox doesn’t make it right. In fact, my theory is that the more “orthodox” a doctrine is considered to be, the more likely it is to be wrong. But would you expect anything less from a heretic like me?