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Tanisha Brown

April 9, 2014
Western History and Culture
Professor Penkava

Eastern Orthodox is also known as the Orthodox Catholic Church. Eastern Orthodox is
referred to as the second largest Christian church in the world. This church has an estimated 225-
300 million adherents primarily in Eastern Europe throughout the Middle East and across to
Russia. The church has a specific structure and is composed of several self-governing bodies.
The Orthodox traces back its developments through tradition from the earliest church established
by St. Paul and the Apostles.
With Orthodox being the second largest Christian church in the world, they used this
advantage as a purpose for them to share in the life of God through the Work of the Holy Spirit.
Many Orthodox Christians are understanding themselves to be the Body of Christ. These
Christians contrast much differently than the Western Christianity.
Western Christianity contributes through the Latin Church of the Catholic Church.
Western Christians makes up about ninety percent of Christians worldwide. This includes the
Roman Catholic Church. This ninety percent also includes covers most of Western, Northern,
Central, Sothern and some parts of Eastern Europe.
Although Western Christianity and Eastern Orthodox may seem to have some things in
similar such as both being primarily apart of Eastern Europe, they also have a lot of things that
are different. One difference between Eastern and Western Christianity is that they have is the
date of Easter. This is because the calculation are based on the Julian calendar and the Gregorian
calendar. Another difference between Eastern and Western Christianity is their culture based.
Although they both are involved in Eastern Europe, mainly Eastern part of the world we see in
Orthodoxy are found in Russia, Greece and the Arabs. In the Western part of the world, the main
cultures we see in Orthodoxy are found in America and Europe.
Another difference between the two is a huge difference I understanding of Eucharist, not
believing that Mary was born of immaculate conception, not recognizing the authority of the
Pope as the Head of the Church. Another difference is that the Eastern mindset seems to
depend more inclined toward philosophy and ideology. On the other hand Western outlook is
guided more by a practical and legal mentality. This differences are often built throughout
experiences with the two orthodox. Although, they both have some similarities the differences
really applies apparent distinction.