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.