Click here to read more about delivery expectations. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. In Stock. Ghost Empire. Crete The Battle and the Resistance. Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind. Lives of the Caesars World's Classics. Caesar Life of a Colossus. In the 9th and 10th centuries, Christianity made great inroads into Eastern Europe : first in Bulgaria and Serbia, then followed by Kievan Rus'. The evangelization, or Christianization, of the Slavs was initiated during the administration of one of Byzantium's most learned churchmen, the Patriarch Photios the "Godfather of all Slavs" [ citation needed ].
For a period of time, there was a real possibility that all of the newly baptized South Slav nations, Bulgarians, Serbs, and Croats would join the Western church, but in the end, only the Croats joined. The Serbs were baptised during the reign of Heraclius — by "elders of Rome" according to Constantine Porphyrogenitus in his annals r. Boris realized that the Christianization of his subjects by the Byzantine mission would facilitate the undesired spread of Byzantine influence in Bulgaria, as the liturgy was carried out in the Greek language, and the newly established Bulgarian Church was subordinate to the Church of Constantinople.
A popular revolt against the new religion prompted the King to request that the Bulgarian Church be granted independence, which was refused by Constantinople. Boris turned to the Pope, and the arrival of the Roman clerical mission concluded the activity of the Byzantine mission, which was ordered by the King to leave Bulgaria. Constantinople nervously watched the events taking place in their northern neighbour, because a pro-Rome Bulgaria threatened its immediate interests. A religious council was held in the summer of in the Byzantine capital, during which the Roman Church's behaviour was harshly condemned.
As a personal culprit, Pope Nicholas I was anathematized. In a letter to Boris, the Byzantine emperor Michael III expressed his disapproval of Bulgaria's religious reorientation and used offensive language against the Roman Church. The old rivalry between the two Churches burned with new power. The Pope refused, and his successor Pope Adrian II turned out to be even more disinclined to comply, so Boris turned again to Constantinople. This resulted in the creation of an autonomous national Bulgarian Archbishopric. In the next 10 years, Pope Adrian II and his successors made desperate attempts to reclaim their influence in Bulgaria, but their efforts ultimately failed.
The foundations of the Bulgarian national Church had been set. The next stage was the implementation of the Glagolitic alphabet and the Slavonic language as official language of the Bulgarian Church and State in AD. Clement , St.
Naum and St. Angelaruis returned to Bulgaria, where they managed to instruct several thousand future Slavonic clergymen in the rites using the Slavic language and the Glagolitic alphabet. In the 11th century the East—West Schism took place between Rome and Constantinople , resulting in a separation between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church with both claiming to represent the sole legitimate continuation of the original Church.
There were doctrinal issues like the filioque clause and the authority of the Pope involved in the split, but these were exacerbated by cultural and linguistic differences between Latins and Greeks. Prior to that, the Eastern and Western halves of the Church had frequently been in conflict, particularly during the periods of iconoclasm and the Photian schism. My dearest brother, we do not deny to the Roman Church the primacy among the five sister patriachates and we recognize her right to the most honorable seat at the Ecumenical Council. But she has separated herself from us by her own deeds when through pride she assumed a monarchy which does not belong to her office How shall we accept decrees from her that have been issued without consulting us and even without our knowledge?
If the Roman pontiff seated on the lofty throne of his glory wished to thunder at us and, so to speak, hurl his mandates at us from on high and if he wishes to judge us and even to rule us and our churches, not by taking counsel with us but at his own arbitrary pleasure what kind of brotherhood, or even what kind of parenthood can this be?
We should be the slaves not the sons, of such a church and the Roman see would not be the pious mother of sons but a hard and imperious mistress of slaves. Under church tradition the practice of Hesychasm has it beginnings in the bible, Matthew and the Philokalia. It is a form of constant purposeful prayer or experiential prayer, explicitly referred to as contemplation. The tradition of contemplation with inner silence or tranquility is shared by all Eastern asceticism movements, having its roots in the Egyptian traditions of monasticism exemplified by such Orthodox monastics as St Anthony of Egypt.
The Hesychasts stated that at higher stages of their practice they reached the actual contemplation-union with the Tabor Light , i. It is depicted in icons and theological discourse as tongues of fire. Around the year , Hesychasm attracted the attention of a learned member of the Orthodox Church, Barlaam, a Calabrian monk who at that time held the office of abbot in the Monastery of St Saviour's in Constantinople and who visited Mount Athos. There, he encountered Hesychasts and heard descriptions of their practices, also reading the writings of the teacher in Hesychasm of St Gregory Palamas , himself an Athonite monk.
Trained in Scholastic theology, Barlaam was scandalized by Hesychasm and began to campaign against it. As a teacher of theology in the Scholastic mode, Barlaam propounded a more intellectual and propositional approach to the knowledge of God than the Hesychasts taught. In particular, he took exception to the Hesychasts doctrine to the nature of the uncreated light , the experience of which was said to be the goal of Hesychast practice. Barlaam held this concept to be polytheistic , inasmuch as it postulated two eternal substances, a visible immanent and an invisible God transcendent.
On the Hesychast side, the controversy was taken up by Antonite St Gregory Palamas , afterwards Archbishop of Thessalonica , who was asked by his fellow monks on Mt Athos to defend Hesychasm from Barlaam's attacks. St Gregory was well-educated in Greek philosophy dialectical method and thus able to defend Hesychasm. In the dispute came before a synod held at Constantinople and was presided over by the Emperor Andronicus ; the synod, taking into account the regard in which the writings of the pseudo-Dionysius were held, condemned Barlaam, who recanted and returned to Calabria , becoming a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church.
Three other synods on the subject were held, at the second of which the followers of Barlaam gained a brief victory. One of Barlaam's friends, Gregory Akindynos , who originally was also a friend of Gregory's, later took up the controversy. Following the decision of , there was strong repression against anti-Palamist thinkers, who ultimately had no choice but to emigrate and convert to Catholicism.
This exodus of highly educated Greek scholars, later reinforced by refugees following the Fall of Constantinople of , had a significant influence on the first generation that of Petrarca and Boccaccio of the incipient Italian Renaissance. With the elevation of Christianity to the status of a legal religion within the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great, with the edict of Milan , many Orthodox felt a new decline in the ethical life of Christians. In reaction to this decline, many refused to accept any compromises and fled the world or societies of mankind, to become monastics.
Monasticism thrived, especially in Egypt , with two important monastic centers, one in the desert of Wadi Natroun , by the Western Bank of the Nile, with Abba Ammoun d. Egypt as its founder. These monks were anchorites , following the monastic ideal of St.
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They lived by themselves, gathering together for common worship on Saturdays and Sundays only. This is not to say that Monasticism or Orthodox Asceticism was created whole cloth at the time of legalization but rather at the time it blossomed into a mass movement. Charismatics as the ascetic movement was considered had no clerical status as such. Later history developed around the Greek Mount Athos and Syrian Cappadocia forms of monastic life, along with the formation of Monastic Orders or monastic organization.
The three main forms of Ascetics' traditions being Skete , Cenobite and Hermit respectively. The final breach between Greeks and Latins is often considered to have arisen after the capture and sacking of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in Crusades against Orthodox Christians by Roman Catholic crusaders were not exclusive to this crusade nor the Mediterranean. This is in light of Roman Catholic atrocities not exclusive to the capital city of Constantinople in starting the period in Greece referred to as Frangokratia.
This is symbolized by many Orthodox churches being converted into Roman Catholic properties and churches like Hagia Sophia and Church of the Pantokrator , and it is viewed with some rancor to the present day. Some of the European Christian community actively endorsed the attacking of Orthodox Christians.
One of the major blows for the idea of the conquest of Russia was the Battle of the Ice in With or without the Pope's blessing, Sweden also undertook several crusades against Orthodox Novgorod.
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Many Orthodox saw the actions of the Catholics in the Mediterranean as a prime determining factor in the weakening of Byzantium which led to the Empire's eventual conquest and fall to Islam. Many things that were stolen during this time: holy relics , riches, and many other items, are still held in various Western European cities, particularly Venice.
As the conquest by the European crusaders was not exclusive to the fourth crusade, many various kingdoms of European rule were established.
After the fall of Constantinople to the Latin West, the Empire of Nicaea was established, which was later to be the origin of the Greek monarchy that defeated the Latin forces of Europe and re-established Orthodox Monarchy in Constantinople and Asia Minor. By this time, Egypt had been under Muslim control for some seven centuries. Jerusalem had been conquered by the Umayyad Muslims in , won back by Rome in under the First Crusade and then finally reconquered by the Ottoman Muslims in Under Ottoman rule, the Greek Orthodox Church acquired power as an autonomous millet.
The ecumenical patriarch was the religious and administrative ruler of the entire "Orthodox nation" Ottoman administrative unit , which encompassed all the Orthodox subjects of the Empire, but was dominated by ethnic Greeks. The Ottoman Empire was marked by periods of tolerance and periods of often bloody repression of non-Muslims.
One of the worst such episodes occurred under Yavuz Sultan Selim I. As well as many individual Christians being made martyrs for stating their faith or speaking negatively against Islam. The Orthodox Church was an accepted institution under the Ottomans, in contrast to Catholicism which was associated with enemy Austria, and actually grew in size during Ottoman rule. One of the first things that Mehmet the Conqueror did was to allow the Church to elect a new patriarch, Gennadius Scholarius.
The Hagia Sophia and the Parthenon , which had been Christian churches for nearly a millennium were converted into mosques, yet most other churches, both in Constantinople and elsewhere, remained in Christian hands. They were endowed with civil as well as ecclesiastical power over all Christians in Ottoman territories. Because Islamic law makes no distinction between nationality and religion, all Christians, regardless of their language or nationality, were considered a single millet , or nation.
The patriarch usually an ethnic Greek as the highest ranking hierarch, was thus invested with civil and religious authority and made ethnarch , head of the entire Christian Orthodox population. Practically, this meant that all Orthodox Churches within Ottoman territory were under the control of Constantinople. Thus, the authority and jurisdictional frontiers of the patriarch were enormously enlarged. During the early s, the two sides made demands which the Sultan could not possibly satisfy simultaneously. In , the Sultan adjudicated in favour of the French, despite the vehement protestations of the local Orthodox monks.
The ruling Ottoman siding with Rome over the Orthodox provoked outright war see the Eastern Question. As the Ottoman Empire had been for sometime falling into political, social and economic decay see the Sick Man of Europe this conflict ignited the Crimean War in between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. During — the Ottoman Empire conducted a policy of genocide against the Christian population living within its extensive territory.
The Sultan, Abdul Hamid, issued an official governmental policy of genocide against the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in Systematic massacres took place in — when Abdul savagely killed , Armenians throughout the provinces. In government troops killed, in the towns of Adana alone, over 20, Christian Armenians. Also, in the first two decades of the 20th century, there were massacres of Greeks, Slavs, and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, culminating in the Armenian , Greek and Assyrian genocides.
As a result, the 20th century saw a sharp decline of the number of Orthodox Christians, and of Christians in general, in the Anatolian peninsula amidst complaints of Turkish governmental repression of various Eastern and Oriental Orthodox groups. During the Lausanne Conference in , the Turkish and Greek sides after some discussions accepted the proposal of a population exchange.
In September , a pogrom was directed primarily at Istanbul 's ,strong Greek minority. The modern Turkish state requires the Patriarch of Constantinople to be a Turkish citizen but allows the Synod of Constantinople to elect him. Orthodoxy under the Palestinian National Authority including Gaza. The success of the conversion of the Bulgarians facilitated the conversion of other East Slavic peoples , most notably the Rus' , predecessors of Belarusians , Russians , and Ukrainians. By the beginning of the 11th century most of the Slavic world, including, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Russia had converted to Orthodox Christianity.
Bulgaria's Church was officially recognized as a Patriarchate by Constantinople in , Serbia's in , and Russia's in All these nations, however, had been converted long before these dates. The traditional event associated with the conversion of Russia is the baptism of Vladimir of Kiev in , on which occasion he was also married to the Byzantine princess Anna, the sister of the Byzantine Emperor Basil II. However, the presence of Christianity in these areas is documented to have predated this event. Russia's patriarchate, which was never part of the Ottoman Empire, was recognized by Constantinople in Through a series of Wars with the World of Islam the church did indeed establish itself as the protector of Orthodoxy see the Eastern Question and the Russo-Turkish wars.
Today, Russia ranks fifth after the four ancient patriarchates of Constantinople , Alexandria , Antioch , and Jerusalem. Russia lay under Mongol rule from the 13th through the 15th century.
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This period lead to great calamity for the internal structure of Russia. Much of Russia was ruled by Mongols and Russian Princes of whom had limited power. The eventual end of the reign of the Golden Horde is said to have begun with the Battle of Kulikovo 8 September Which involves the famous Orthodox legend of Monk and Russian champion Alexander Peresvet and his death that mark the battle's beginning. The death toll by battle, massacre, flooding, and famine of the Mongol wars of conquest is placed at about 40 million according to some sources.
It obtained immunity from taxation in , and was allowed to impose taxes on the peasants. The Synodal Period that followed lasted until the Bolshevik Revolution, when the patriarchate was once again restored The church was involved in various campaigns of russification ,  and, as a consequence, it was accused of participating in anti-Jewish pogroms. The Church, like the Tsarist state was seen as an enemy of the people by the Bolsheviks and other Russian revolutionaries. This may have further strengthened the Bolshevik animus against the church.
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According to Lenin, a communist regime cannot remain neutral on the question of religion but must show itself to be merciless towards it. There was no place for the church in Lenin's classless society. Before and after the October Revolution of 7 November October 25 Old Calendar there was a movement within the Soviet Union to unite all of the people of the world under Communist rule see Communist International. This included the Eastern European bloc countries as well as the Balkan States.
Denominations and sects disagree on a common definition of "Christianity". For example, Timothy Beal notes the disparity of beliefs among those who identify as Christians in the United States as follows:. Although all of them have their historical roots in Christian theology and tradition, and although most would identify themselves as Christian, many would not identify others within the larger category as Christian. Most Baptists and fundamentalists Christian Fundamentalism , for example, would not acknowledge Mormonism or Christian Science as Christian.
In fact, the nearly 77 percent of Americans who self-identify as Christian are a diverse pluribus of Christianities that are far from any collective unity. Linda Woodhead attempts to provide a common belief thread for Christians by noting that "Whatever else they might disagree about, Christians are at least united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance. The identification of Jesus as the Messiah is not accepted by Judaism. In the past, the Malays used to call the Portuguese Serani from the Arabic Nasrani , but the term now refers to the modern Kristang creoles of Malaysia.
In Indonesian language , the term " Nasrani " is also used alongside with " Kristen ".
The region of modern Eastern Europe and Central Eurasia Russia, Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet bloc has a long history of Christianity and Christian communities on its lands. In ancient times, in the first centuries after the birth of Christ, when this region was called Scythia, the geographical area of Scythians - Christians already lived there. Nominally "Christian" societies made "Christian" a default label for citizenship or for "people like us".
As of the early 21st century, Christianity has approximately 2. Christians have composed about 33 percent of the world's population for around years. The largest Christian denomination is the Roman Catholic Church , with 1. By , the Christian population is expected to exceed 3 billion.
While Muslims have an average of 3. High birth rates and conversion were cited as the reason for Christian population growth. A study found that approximately According to the same study it was found that adherents under the classification Irreligion or other religions hold about A Pew Center study about religion and education around the world in , found that Christians ranked as the second most educated religious group around in the world after Jews with an average of 9. According to the study, Christians in North America , Europe , Middle East , North Africa and Asia Pacific regions are highly educated since many of the world universities were built by the historic Christian Churches ,  in addition to the historical evidence that "Christian monks built libraries and, in the days before printing presses, preserved important earlier writings produced in Latin, Greek and Arabic".
Christians have made noted contributions to a range of fields, including philanthropy , philosophy ,    : 15 ethics ,  literature ,  business and economics ,    fine arts and architecture ,  music ,   theatre and medicine ,  as well as science and technology ,    both historically and in modern times.
Eastern Christians particularly Nestorian Christians contributed to the Arab Islamic Civilization during the Ummayad and the Abbasid periods by translating works of Greek philosophers to Syriac and afterwards to Arabic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Christian. After the miraculous catch of fish , Christ invokes his disciples to become "fishers of men" Matthew by Raphael.
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