Greek East and Latin West: The Church, AD 681-1071

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St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2007 - 382 pages
"This volume gives an account of the Church in the period from the end of the Sixth Ecumenical Synod in 681 to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. Although "Greek East" and "Latin West" are becoming distinct entities during this expanse of time, the author treats them in parallel, observing the points at which their destinies coincide or conflict. The author notes developments within the whole of the Church rather than striving simply, or even primarily, to explain the eventual schism between Eastern and Western Christendom. Coveriing events both unique to each part (the Iconoclastic controversy in the East and the rise of the Carolingian Empire in the West) and common to each part (monastic reform, renaissance, and mission) the author skillfully portrays two Christian civilizations that share much in common yet become increasingly incomprehensible to one another. Despite curious synchronisms between East and West, the author demonstrates how two paths diverged from a once common route, and how eventually Byzantine Orthodoxy defined the Greek East over and against the Latin West in theological, religious, cultural, and political terms." -- Provided by publisher.
 

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Excellent work describing a central period in church history from a unique perspective--that of Eastern Christianity, which is an aspect largely ignored from that of the West. Read full review

Contents

The Church at the End of the Seventh Century
13
First Phase and Aftermath
41
The Church in the West
67
Introduction
95
Monastic Reform in East and West
101
Second Phase and the Triumph of Orthodoxy
119
East and West
139
Pope Patriarch and Christian Mission
167
Monastic Renewal
217
Christian Mission
241
Approaching the End of the First Christian Millennium
263
Introduction
271
Reform and the Papacy
291
Spiritual and Intellectual Life in Byzantium
319
Turks Normans and the Collapse of the Byzantine Empire
345
BIBLIOGRAPHY
353

Changing Patterns of Worship
193
Introduction
207

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