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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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Eighth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3322
Holy Icons Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3470
Ninth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3695
Encyclical Letter of Saint Photius (867) Written by Saint Photius the Great 5296
Cyril and Methodius Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3443
Tenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3183
Baptism of Russia: The Kiev period (988-1237) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 4938
Church History 3 - The Church of Imperial Byzantium (about AD 1000) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5185
Eleventh Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2862
Great Schism Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3559
Twelfth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2674
Thirteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2092
Fourteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3127
Fifteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2732
Church History 4 - Orthodoxy Under the Ottomans (1453-1821) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 4711
Moscow the third Rome Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 4722
Church History 5 - The Church of Russia (1448-1800) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3230
Sixteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2386
Seventeenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2319
Synodical period (1700-1917) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3290
Eighteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1858
Church History 6 - The Orthodox Churches In the 19th Century Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3161
Nineteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2220
Reply of the Orthodox Patriarchs to Pope Pius the Ninth (1848) Written by Holy Synod (1848) 3319
Reply of the Synod of Constantinople to Pope Leo XIII (1895) Written by Holy Synod (1895) 3989

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