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Rome and the Eastern ChurchesRome and the Eastern Churches
Aidan Nichols
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In the second edition of this major work, Dominican theologian Aidan Nichols provides a systematic account of the origins, development and recent history-now updated-of the relations between Rome and all separated Eastern Christians.

In addition, the schisms separating Rome from the two lesser, but no less interesting, Christian families, the Assyrian (Nestorian) and Oriental Orthodox (Monophysite) Churches, are examined.

Providing both historical and theological explanations of these divisions, this illuminating and thought-provoking book chronicles the recent steps taken to mend them in the Ecumenical Movement and offers a realistic assessment of the difficulties (theological and political) which any reunion would experience.
     

 
Greek East and Latin West: The Church AD 681-1071Greek East and Latin West: The Church AD 681-1071
Andrew Louth
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In the Greek East & Latin West Andrew Louth gives an account of the Church from the time 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 time period, the author discusses each entity alongside of the other, by observing the points at which their destinies coincide or conflict and noting developments within the whole of the Church rather than laboriously discussing the eventual East/West schism.

Covering events both unique to each region (Iconoclasts in the East and the Carolingian Empire in the West) and shared in common (monastic reform, renaissance, and mission) Louth skillfully portrays two Christian civilizations that share much in their similarities, yet are increasingly incomprehensible to the 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 against the Latin West in theological, religious, cultural, and political terms.
     

 
The Christian East and The Rise of the Papacy: The Church AD 1071-1453The Christian East and The Rise of the Papacy: The Church AD 1071-1453
Aristeides Papadakis
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In The Christian East and The Rise of the Papacy Aristeides Papadakis and John Meyendorff examine developments in the churches of the East and the West during the High Middle Ages. The authors discuss major Western movements such as the reform papacy, the crusades, and scholasticism, while also addressing the impact of each event and its resulting effect upon the Eastern Church. Concurrently, they explore the theological and spiritual tides that spread from Byzantium and into the northern regions of the Balkans and Rus', and finally recounting the stories of the native churches of Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia.

This volume ultimately looks at the many factors that contributed to Christian disunity during the Middle Ages including the many attempts and subsequent failures of the two halves in reconciling and reuniting the church. A fascinating work that will challenge all Christians concerned with the root causes of disunity within the Body of Christ.
     

 
The Catholic Church: A Short HistoryThe Catholic Church: A Short History
Hans Kung
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From the great Hans Kung comes a landmark history of the Catholic Church and its place in the world, from its roots in the teachings of Jesus Christ to the present day. To recount the two-thousand-year story of how the church developed from a small band of persecuted Jews who followed Christ into the most enduringly powerful institution in the history of the world is to face controversy at every step.

The great individuals--Paul, Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, the magnificent popes, and the disastrous ones--and the watershed events--the conversion of the Roman emperors, the great schism with the east, the crusades and the challenge of Islam, the great heroes and their suppression, the Inquisition, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the change of modernity and the waning of the church's influence as an earthly power, the role of women, the treatment of the Jews--are all treated with magisterial wisdom and erudition.
     

 
Papal Primacy: Its Story from the Beginning to the  PresentPapal Primacy: Its Story from the Beginning to the Present
Klaus Schatz
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This book traces the development of the idea of a papacy as center of teaching and jurisdiction from its earliest Roman beginnings, through centuries of development, the great papal schism and the struggles over conciliarism nd Gallicansim.
     

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