Orthodox Church History
What is the basis of Christian faith? How did the Church start and survive throughout the ages of political turmoil? How can we be sure that we are following the teachings of Christ and His Apostles.
Early Life in the Church
Constantine the Great
Church of the Seven Councils
The Great Schism
Attempts at Reunion
Church in America
We begin our exploration of the history of the Orthodox Church by asking the question, How do we know that the life of Jesus is not just a story that the Church made up? In this day and secular age we are taught to be skeptical especially of things promoted by large institutions. The answer to this question provides the basis of our Orthodox Christian faith.
Next, we examine the role that the Hellenic culture played in the establishment of Christianity. God took special steps to prepare the way to the Incarnation of His Son. The Greeks played a significant role in this preparation.
What was it like to be an early Christian?
How could a small group of zealots proclaim the good news of the
Gospel and change the world. After all, it was a well established
pagan world controlled by the strong political and military system
of the Roman Empire.
The Orthodox Church is known as the Church
of the Seven Councils. Why is this important? In understanding
this we will find out how the Orthodox faith has been preserved
throughout history amidst many political forces. It tells us why
we claim to be the church with the truth of Christianity in its
Finally we will briefly look at some of the factors that led to the Orthodox Church being brought here to the United states.