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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jun 18 2016 11:52 PM

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36569416

so sorry to see

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Deacon Steve | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 19 2016 6:40 AM

MJ,  I read in the article that this is the first great gathering of the Orthodox since the 8th century.  Is that correct?  What resource might I look into regarding the history of the Orthodox since 1054?

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Columbcille Dougherty | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 19 2016 9:50 AM

No that's not entirely true, Orthodox authority is conciliar, however such councils needn't be all inclusive, local synods are held yearly if not every 6 months. But this is the first pan jurisdictional synod since 787 for the EO (Eastern Orthodox)

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 19 2016 11:18 AM

Steve:
Is that correct?

To the best of my knowledge, yes for a pan-Eastern Orthodox council although there is the semi-synod of Jerusalem of 1672. See the wikipedia for details.

I'm not familiar with a pan-Eastern Orthodox history ... I'm a bit better on the Oriental Orthodox side. But from Alexander Schmemann's A History of the Orthodox Church which I have not read but Schmemann is allways good:

Attwater, D. The Christian Churches of the East. 2 vols. Milwaukee, Wis., vol. 1, 1948; vol. 2, 1947.

Benz, Ernst. The Eastern Orthodox Church: Its Thought and Life. New York, 1963.

Cambridge Medieval History, vol. 4, The Byzantine Empire. Ed. J. M. Hussey. 2 parts. Cambridge, 1967.

Chadwick, H. The Early Church. Baltimore, Md., 1967.

Dvornik, F. The Slavs in European History and Civilization. New Brunswick, N.J., 1962.

Every, G. The Byzantine Patriarchate. London, 1947.

Hussey, J. M. The Byzantine World. New York, 1961.

Kidd, B. J. The Churches of Eastern Christendom. London, 1927.

Meyendorff. J. The Orthodox Church: Its past and Its Role in the World Today. New York, 1962.

Mouravieff, A. N. A History of the Church of Russia. Oxford, 1842.

Neale, J. M. A History of the Holy Eastern Church. London, 1850. Part I, General Introduction.

Obolensky, D. The Byzantine Commonwealth: Eastern Europe 500-1453. London, 1971.

Ostrogorsky, G. History of the Byzantine State. New Brunswick, N.J., 1957.

Palanque, J. R., Bardy, G., and De Labriolle, P. The Church in the Christian Roman Empire. 2 vols. London and New York, 1949-52.

Runciman, S. The Great Church in Captivity: A study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence. Cambridge, 1968.

Spinka, M. A History of Christianity in the Balkans. Chicago, 1933.

Sumner, B. H. A Survey of Russian History. London, 1948.

Vasiliev, A. History of the Byzantine Empire. 2 vols. Madison, Wis., 1958.

Ware, T. The Orthodox Church. Baltimore, 1963.

Zernov, N. The Russians and Their Church. London, 1945.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Ergatees | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 20 2016 11:12 AM

Interesting to read for its value relative to Church History.

The statement: "The denomination split from western Christianity - in the form of what is now Roman Catholicism - in 1054 amid disputes about the power of the Vatican" will be rejected by most Orthodox. They would put it that the West broke away from the East, i.e. the West broke away from the Church. That is what many Russian and the extreme traditionalist Greeks would opine.

God bless and also a belated Happy Father's Day to all.

Ergatees

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Gabe Martini | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 20 2016 4:11 PM

Steve:

MJ,  I read in the article that this is the first great gathering of the Orthodox since the 8th century.  Is that correct?  What resource might I look into regarding the history of the Orthodox since 1054?

Not at all.

There have been significant pan-Orthodox councils and synods since 787. The Encyclical of this council itself references them in article 3 (e.g. the councils of 879–880, 1341/1351/1368, 1438–1439, 1638, 1642, 1672, 1691, and 1872).

There are local councils and synods on an annual basis throughout the Orthodox Church. Councils of this magnitude are generally convened for the sake of addressing significant heresy and/or turmoil within the Church. That's why they are so infrequent, on the whole.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 20 2016 5:08 PM

Thank you Gabe - glad to see you providing better information. Link to encyclical Gabe references https://www.holycouncil.org/-/encyclical-holy-council

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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