Some 2,000 years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ directly intervened in human history: Although He is God (together with the Father and the Holy Spirit), He became a man — or, as we often put it, He became incarnate — enfleshed. Mankind, at its very beginning in Adam and Eve, had fallen away from Divine life by embracing sin, and...

*/ Part 2 | Index 1. The First Council — Nicaea (325 A.D.). | 2. The Constantinian era. | 3. Monasticism. | 4. "New Rome”; The Second Council (381 A.D.). | 5. Standardizations of the Liturgy. | 6. "Orthodoxy.” | 7. Four Fathers. | 8. The Third Council — 431 A.D. | 9. The Fourth Council — 451 A.D. |...

*/ Part 3 | Index 1. The rise of the Papacy. | 2. A Snake in the garden of the Church. | 3. The Sixth Ecumenical Council (680 A.D.). | 4. The “Quinisext” Council — 692 A.D. | 5. Missions. 1. The rise of the Papacy. From 600 A.D. on, the question of the Papacy's role in the Church proved...

*/ Part 4 | Index 1. Icon-Smashers. | 2. The Seventh Ecumenical Council — 787 A.D. | 3. The icon-smashers return. | 4. East and West drift apart. | 5. Power plays. | 6. Church unity is interrupted. | 7. Crossed Creeds. | 8. Worship. | 9. Liturgical diversity — pros and cons. 1. Icon-Smashers. The 8 th century was...

*/ Part 5 | Index 1. Christianity's greatest tragedy. | 2. Prelude to the schism. | 3. Filioque prevails over Rome. | 4. The Great Schism — 1054 A.D. | 5. Schism or family quarrel? | 6. The Crusades — 1096 to 1290 A.D. | 7. The sack of Constantinople — 1204 A.D. | 8. Two Churches. 1. Christianity's greatest...

*/ Part 6 | Index 1. The High Middle Ages. | 2. Western developments. | 3. Western Church reorganized. | 4. Century Thirteenth. | 5. False Council of Lyons — 1274 A.D. | 6. Century Fourteenth. | 7. Western councils of Constance & Basel. | 8. Yet another false union. | 9. "Union” (1439) & the fall of Constantinople (1453)...

*/ Part 7 | Index 1. Papal supremacy. | 2. Corruption in the West ... | 3. ... And in the East. | 4. Moscow — the “Third Rome.” | 5. Western volcano erupts. | 6. Protestant movements. | 7. Counterrevolution — the Council of Trent. 1. Papal supremacy The Council of Florence prepared the way for a new structure...

*/ Part 8 | Index 1. A Renaissance man of God. | 2. The Faith — a masterpiece. | 3. Orthodoxy at the Renaissance. | 4. Transformation of the Western World. | 5. Jesuits and Uniates. | 6. Council of Bethlehem (A.D. 1672). 1. A Renaissance man of God. One fascinating man unites in his experience all the Christian currents...

*/ Part 9 | Index 1. The Holy Mountain. | 2. Schism in Russia. | 3. Protestant Patriarch?! | 4. Jansenism. | 5. Church of Utrecht. | 6. Synodic Russia. 1. The Holy Mountain. Perhaps the greatest bulwark of our Faith at this time was Mount Athos , the Holy Mountain , a peninsula in Greece teeming with monasteries populated...

*/ Part 10 | Index 1. Grass-roots Orthodox revival. | 2. Evangelization. | 3. Muslim stranglehold is broken. | 4. Two new dogmas from Rome. | 5. Old Catholicism. | 6. Splitting hairs and splitting up. | 7. "Sacramental” churches proliferate. 1. Grass-roots Orthodox revival. In the face of oppression and obstruction, as well as foreign influence, God granted Orthodoxy...

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