The Churches of Eastern Christendom: From A.D. 451 to the Present Time

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Kegan Paul, 2006 - Religion - 541 pages
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"Although the history of Western Christendom has been studied extensively, relatively little has been written about the Christian Churches of the East. Beginning with the ultimately divisive Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, Kidd traces the complex events and doctrinal differences, the schism between Rome and the Sees of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, and its far-reaching consequences. For those familiar only with the annals of the Western Church, this work presents a fascinating and enlightening parallel account of Christianity and the of rivalries between Church, State and Sects in the East. A particular feature of this work is the detailed account of the development of the Church in Byzantium and its relation to the Byzantine Empire and the dynasties that shaped and defended it, even against the Crusades that lay powers diverted to their own ends. After the fall of Constantinople, Kidd turns to the creed, rites and external histories of the two divisions of the Eastern Church - the Orthodox Church that flourished in Russia, Greece, Rumania, and the Balkan Peninsula, and the less well-known branch that includes the Nestorian and Monophysite Christians. This highly important work is essential reading for all those interested in the history and beliefs of the Christian Church as a whole, as well as for those interested in the Christian Church of the East as one of the influential faiths of the region."--BOOK JACKET.

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