"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.
Every believer needs help to develop a relationship with the God of Heaven. One-on-one discipleship provides believers with the needed atmosphere of love, care, and patience, as they are personally mentored by more mature believers in the scriptures. These lessons are meant to help believers of all maturity levels grow in the faith, so that they can stand against Satan's attacks and live victoriously for Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:13-16). This book is the fourth in a series of six, which covers the church of the loving God. It is divided into five lessons, which are as follows: 1. The First Century Church 2. The First Century Church (Part Two) 3. The First Century Church (Part Three) 4. The First Century Church (Part Four) 5. True Worshippers Each lesson comes with a set of objectives, interactive questions and answers, and additional homework to help the student study through the scriptures at a structured pace.
For some thirty years before the First World War, the Church of England maintained a mission of help to the Assyrian Church of the East (popularly known as the Nestorian church) in its then homeland, a corner of eastern Turkey and north-western Persia. The Mission had a controversial history. At home, not everyone could appreciate the rationale of a mission which was to aid an obscure and heretical body and which strictly forbade any conversions from this body to the Anglican church. In the field, the missionaries had to do battle with xenophobic governments, with rival American and French missions, and with the Assyrians themselves, whose confidence proved difficult to gain. In some respects the Mission was unsuccessful, but it had notable accomplishments, especially in scholarship and in ecumenical diplomacy.
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