October 18th, 2013
(Greek hairesis, “a taking or choosing, faction”)
An opinion, belief, or doctrine that is in opposition to an established belief of a particular tradition. In Christianity, an individual heresy can have historic value (more serious) or traditional value. In other words, a belief can be considered heretical to Baptists (e.g., paedobaptism), but is not heretical in the historic sense. To be an historic heresy, it would have to be in variance to that which has been believed by the majority of Christians of all time (e.g., the deity of Christ).