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Translated by Lynda W. Kesich
1. The Beginning of the Church
Acts of the Apostles
Community in Jerusalem — The First Church
Early Church Organization
Life of Christians
Break with Judaism
The Apostle Paul
The Church and the Greco-Roman World
People of the Early Church
Blood of Martyrs
Struggle of Christianity to Keep its Own Meaning
The New Testament
Sin and Repentance in the Church
Beginnings of Theology
The Last Great Persecutions
Conversion of Constantine
Relations between Church and State
The Arian Disturbance
Council of Nicaea — First Ecumenical Council
After Constantine
The Roman Position
Countermeasures in the East
End of Arianism
New Relation of Christianity to the World
The Visible Church
Rise of Monasticism
State Religion — Second Ecumenical Council
St. John Chrysostom
Development of Church Regional Structure
The Byzantine Idea of Church and State
Constantinople vs. Alexandria
The Christological Controversy — Nestorius and Cyril
Third Ecumenical Council
The Monophysite Heresy
Council of Chalcedon (Fourth Ecumenical Council)
Reaction to Chalcedon — the Road to Division
Last Dream of Rome
Justinian and the Church
Two Communities
Reconciliation with Rome — Break with the East
Recurrence of Origenism
Fifth Ecumenical Council
Underlying Gains
Breakup of the Empire — Rise of Islam
Decay of the Universal Church
Last Efforts: Monothelitism
Sixth Ecumenical Council
Changing Church Structure
Byzantine Theology
Quality of Life in the New Age
Development of the Liturgy
Veneration of the Virgin Mary
Reflection of Theology and Asceticism in the Services
Significance of the Byzantine Period
Background of Iconoclasm
Icons in the Seventh Century
Iconoclastic Movement
Seventh Ecumenical Council
Persecution by the Iconoclasts
Victory for the Monastic Principle
Late Byzantine Theocracy — The Church’s Version
Outward Signs
Inherent Weaknesses
The Conservative Trend
Official Theology
A Vital Liturgy
New Hellenization
Monastic Theology
Mt. Athos
The Mystical Root of Theology
Basic Church Unity
Elements of Misunderstanding with Rome
Deepening Divergence
Loss of Communication
Schism of 1054
Alienation Completed
Cyril and Methodius
Rise of the Bulgarian Empire
Bulgarian Orthodoxy
The Serbian Empire
Early Slavic Orthodoxy
Turkish Conquest
Christians Under Turkish Rule
Rise of Religious Nationalism
Greek Control of Outlying Orthodox Areas
Cultural Decline
Silence of Orthodox Theology
The Precious Core
Conversion in Kiev — St. Vladimir
Quality of Kievan Christianity
Kievan Culture
Shallows and Hidden Darkness
Tatar Conquest Beginning of Moscow Kingdom
Early Russian Monasticism — St. Sergius
Consolidation of Russian Lands under Moscow
Independence from Byzantium — Messianic Theocracy
Muscovite Domination of the Church
Inner Crisis and Turmoil
Conservatism and Ritualism
Western Leanings and Resistance to Them
True Holiness
The Seventeenth Century
Encounter with the West
Schism of the Old Believers
Reforms of Peter the Great
The “Synodal Period.”
Culture Under Peter the Great
Bridge and Unifier
Tragic Halt
Short Biliography
Doctrine, Spirituality, Liturgy
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