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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 2366
The Royal Ministry of Christ in His Church Written by Archbishop Dmitri 1854
Life of the First Christians Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1695
Church History 1 - The Apostolic Church Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3566
Persecution of the Christians by the Jews. The First Martyr St. Stephen Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1721
Conversion of Saul Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1886
Dormition of the Mother of God Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2453
Apostolic Council in Jerusalem Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2593
Revelation to St John Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1434
Preaching Labors of the Apostles Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1734
Lives of the Apostles Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2147
First Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2075
Worldwide Persecution of Christians - Destruction of Jerusalem Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1884
Second Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2142
Third Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1788
End of Persecutions - Finding of the Cross Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 1975
Fourth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1833
Church History 2 - The Establishment of the Imperial Church (312 AD) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 4890
New Enemies of Christianity Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2404
Ecumenical Councils Written by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy 2183
Fifth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1799
A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church Written by Monk Nicodemus 1333
Historical Background of the Council Chalcedon Written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann 1921
Sixth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2353
Seventh Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1886

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