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New life, Church History


Salvation History - New Life, Church History.

The Church's history records the progress of Christ's work throughout the course of the human experience. History in Orthodoxy has a theological importance because of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, that just as God chose to become a physical, living, breathing human being, he also chooses to work in and through human history to bring about salvation. Thus, the Church's history becomes a sacred history, not in the same sense as the Biblical history which forms the salvation story itself, but rather as a record of the continued effects of the salvation story in the experience of man.

In the Scriptures the Church is called the Body of Christ (Rom 12; 1 Cor 10, 12; Col 1) and the Bride of Christ (Eph 5; Rev 21). It is likened as well to God's living Temple (Eph 2; 1 Pet 2) and is called "the pillar and bulwark of Truth" (1 Tim 3:15)


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Descent of the Holy Spirit Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3248
The Royal Ministry of Christ in His Church Written by Archbishop Dmitri 2762
Life of the First Christians Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2522
Church History 1 - The Apostolic Church Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5845
Persecution of the Christians by the Jews. The First Martyr St. Stephen Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2651
Conversion of Saul Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2687
Dormition of the Mother of God Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3720
Apostolic Council in Jerusalem Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3721
Revelation to St John Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2414
Preaching Labors of the Apostles Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2591
Lives of the Apostles Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3531
First Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2854
Worldwide Persecution of Christians - Destruction of Jerusalem Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2784
Second Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3159
Third Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2802
End of Persecutions - Finding of the Cross Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2811
Fourth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2708
Church History 2 - The Establishment of the Imperial Church (312 AD) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 7779
New Enemies of Christianity Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3421
Ecumenical Councils Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 3436
Fifth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2889
A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church Written by Monk Nicodemus 2200
Historical Background of the Council Chalcedon Written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann 2937
Sixth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3333
Seventh Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2753

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