Conversion to Polydoxy is substantially different from conversion to an Orthodox religion. Orthodoxies generally possess a significant number of dogmatic theological beliefs as well as rigorous ritual and ceremonial requirements. Consequently, converting to an Orthodox religion requires a person to commit herself or himself to some particular view regarding the word God, the nature of the afterlife, ritual observance, and so forth. In Polydoxy, there is only one fundamental principle; this is the Covenant of Freedom. In converting to Polydoxy, a person is required only to accept and affirm the Covenant of Freedom and in this way join with the others who have so covenanted, and thus become affiliated with the Polydox community.