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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 3631
Holy Icons Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3817
Ninth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 4094
Encyclical Letter of Saint Photius (867) Written by Saint Photius the Great 6179
Cyril and Methodius Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3755
Tenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3465
Baptism of Russia: The Kiev period (988-1237) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5524
Church History 3 - The Church of Imperial Byzantium (about AD 1000) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5653
Eleventh Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3167
Great Schism Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3885
Twelfth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2880
Thirteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2263
Fourteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 3382
Fifteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2952
Church History 4 - Orthodoxy Under the Ottomans (1453-1821) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5118
Moscow the third Rome Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 5441
Church History 5 - The Church of Russia (1448-1800) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3475
Sixteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2576
Seventeenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2535
Synodical period (1700-1917) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3571
Eighteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2053
Church History 6 - The Orthodox Churches In the 19th Century Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 3433
Nineteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 2418
Reply of the Orthodox Patriarchs to Pope Pius the Ninth (1848) Written by Holy Synod (1848) 3764
Reply of the Synod of Constantinople to Pope Leo XIII (1895) Written by Holy Synod (1895) 4483

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