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Eastern Christendom : a study of the origin and development of the Eastern Orthodox Church

Author: Nicolas Zernov
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1961.
Series: Putnam history of religion.
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History of the Eastern Orthodox churches covering a period of two thousand years; a volume in "Putnam history of religion" series.
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Zernov, Nicolas.
Eastern Christendom.
New York, Putnam [1961]
(OCoLC)646839901
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolas Zernov
OCLC Number: 848556
Description: 326 pages : illustrations, portraits, plates ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The church in the East during the struggle for survival, first to fourth centuries --
The church and Judaism --
The split of the church from Israel --
The church and Hellenism --
The church and the Roman state --
The persecution: its origin and nature --
The causes of the Christian victory --
Early sects and heresies --
Writers and teachers of the Eastern church in the second and third centuries --
II. The ecumenical councils and the Oriental schism, fourth to eighth centuries --
Constantine the Great (306-337) --
The emperor and the ecumenical council --
Arianism --
The consequences of Nicaea --
The victory of Nicene orthodoxy --
The second ecumenical council and the Emperor Theodosius (379-395) --
The mass conversion of the empire and its effects upon the church --
St. John Chrysostom (347-407) --
The fourth ecumenical council (451) --
The Chalcedonian definition and the separation of the Oriental churches --
Christianity and nationalism --
Christianity outside the Byzantine empire --
Rome and the Christian East --
Eastern monasticism --
III. The Christian East between Islam and the Crusades, eighth to thirteenth centuries --
Islam --
The sixth ecumenical council (680-681) --
The revival of the Western empire --
The filioque controversy --
The conversion of the Slavs --
The Photian schism --
Byzantine shortcomings and achievements --
The significance of Humbert's excommunication --
The coming of the Crusaders --
The sack of Constantinople on Good Friday, 1204 --
The Slavonic speaking churches --
Russia's conversion to Christianity --
The first fruits of Russian Christianity --
IV. The Mongol invasion and the fall of Byzantium, thirteenth to fifteenth centuries --
Russia under the Mongol yoke (1240-1480) --
Sergius of Radonezh (1314-1392) --
The missionary work of the Nestorian church --
The Mongols and Christendom --
The Mongols and the conversion of Asia to Islam --
The last years of the empire --
V. The centuries of isolation and oppression, fifteenth to eighteenth centuries --
The Ottoman Empire --
The Orthodox church under the Turkish yoke --
The Orthodox East between Rome and the Reformation, Cyril Lukaris (1572-1638) --
The Orthodox Church and the Moscow czardom --
Two tendencies in Russian Orthodoxy --
The schism in the Russian Church --
The Orthodox in Poland and the Ukraine --
The incorporation of the Ukraine into Moscow czardom and the Council of 1666-67 --
Archpriest Avacam (1620-82) --
The Russian church on the eve of the reforms of Peter the Great (1668-98) --
Peter the Great (1682-1725) and the abolition of the Moscow patriarchate --
The non jurors and the Orthodox church --
The St. Petersburg empire and the Russian church in the eighteenth century --
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk and Paisy Velichkovsky --
Western ascendancy over the Christian East --
The church of St. Thomas in South India --
The church of Ethiopia --
The Nestorian church of the East --
The church of the Armenians --
The Coptic church --
The Jacobites --
Balkan Christians in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries --
The Eastern Orthodox under the Hapsburg rule --
The Christian East at the time of its decline (fifteenth-eighteenth centuries) VI. The period of intellectual stirring and national liberation, nineteenth century --
The Russian church at the beginning of the nineteenth century --
St. Serafim of Sarov (1759-1832) --
Optina Pustin --
The Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow (1782-1867) --
The revival of missionary work --
The Slavophils --
Alexey Khomiakov (1804-1860) --
The emergence of national autocephalous churches in the Balkans --
The Serbian Church --
The prince-bishops of Montenegro --
The church of Greece --
The church of Rumania --
The church of Bulgaria --
Success and failure of the Balkan churches --
The Orthodox in Austria-Hungary --
The Russian intelligentsia and the Orthodox church --
Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-81) --
Valdimir Sergeivich Soloviev (1853-1900) --
VII. The time of testing and trial, twentieth century --
The Russian religious Renaissance --
Four converts from Marxism to Christianity --
Attempts at reform of the Russian church (1905-14) --
Father John of Kronstadt (1829-1908) --
The All-Russian council (August 18-November 9, 1917, and January 20-April 7, 1918) --
Reorganization of the Eastern churches after the First World War (1914-18) The revival of Christianity in the Balkans --
The main characteristics of Eastern Christendom in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries --
The Communists' godless campaign --
The reaction of the Orthodox --
The Russian church in exile and its meeting with the Christian West --
The Russian emigrants and the ecumenical movement --
The present state of the Eastern church --
VIII. The faith and doctrine of the orthodox church --
The significance of doctrine in the East --
The authority of the church in the East --
The Holy Scripture and church tradition --
The communion of saints --
Canonization of saints among the Byzantine orthodox --
The mother of God --
Prayers for the departed --
The Eucharistic doctrine --
IX. Worship and sacraments in the Christian East --
Holy communion --
The sacraments of the eastern Christians --
Baptism --
Confirmation --
Confession --
Holy unction --
Ordination --
Marriage --
Other sacramental rites --
Offices of the Eastern church --
The liturgical books used by the Eastern Christians --
Some reasons for the difference between Eastern and Western approaches to Christian worship --
X. The church in the lie of Eastern Christians --
The church and the child --
The church and the laity --
The last rites --
Advanced training in spiritual life --
The orthodox church and ethical and social problems XI. The sacred art of the Christian East --
The meaning of icons and frescoes for the Orthodox --
Subject matter of icons and frescoes --
The icons of the church feasts --
Doctrinal icons --
The revival of art in the Christian East --
States in the evolution of Byzantine art --
The schools of Russian icon painters --
The Eastern and Western artistic tradition --
Conclusion-the Christian East and the contemporary world.
Series Title: Putnam history of religion.
Responsibility: Nicolas Zernov.

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History of the Eastern Orthodox churches covering a period of two thousand years; a volume in "Putnam history of religion" series.

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