History Today: The Forgotten Christian World

History Today: The Forgotten Christian World

By Philip Jenkins When we think of great historical events we naturally imagine them in visual terms, of great movements. But our mental maps are often too small. We know, for instance, that Christianity began in Palestine and swept west into the Roman Empire to develop a firm base in Europe. With...

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Sofia Globe: Fifth Century Basilica Discovered in Bulgaria’s Bourgas

Sofia Globe: Fifth Century Basilica Discovered in Bulgaria’s Bourgas

Archaeologists working in the Kraimorie area of Bourgas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast have found a Christian basilica said to date from the fifth century. The discovery of the early Christian basilica is a rare one for Bulgaria, according to Milen Nikolov, leader of the Bourgas Regional History Museum...

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Born into the one of the most illustrious Christian families of late antiquity, Saint Gregory of Nyssa was the younger brother of Saint Marcina and Saint Basil the Great. He joined the family in about 335 AD, the middle child of the nine living children of his mother. Like his...

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Pre-Nicene Creeds

Pre-Nicene Creeds

The confession of faith which we Orthodox chant or sing every Sunday at our Divine Liturgy has a long and complicated history, and examining its history plunges us back into the earliest days of the Church’s life. It is a glorious plunge. Discipleship to Jesus and inclusion in His Church...

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“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

Christianity entered the Greco-Roman world as a religion of the incarnate Logos – word or reason – of God. With such a message and with the growth of conversions from the educated Hellenized culture, Christian theologians were compelled early on to reflect upon the “ways of knowing” – that is,...

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Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking for more information about this remarkable place, built during the Middle Ages. Among the messages on Facebook was a note alerting us to the documentary embedded above....

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Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly

Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly

The rapid growth of the early Christian church is a source of perennial fascination. As Rodney Stark, a sociologist of religion who has written extensively on the topic, put it: “ How did a tiny and obscure messianic movement from the edge of the Roman Empire dislodge classical paganism and...

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WATCH: BBC Documentary on Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

WATCH: BBC Documentary on Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

Christianity in Ethiopia traces its roots to the earliest centuries. In this documentary, a BBC reporter discovers some of the unique traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, including the famous Church of St. George in Lalibela, carved from solid red volcanic rock in the 12th century. Some have even called...

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Christians in Mosul Face Extinction

Christians in Mosul Face Extinction

Many news reports have described how Christians in Mosul (also known as Nineveh) are desperately fleeing their homes as the region is overtaken by the militant group ISIS. At the Orthodox Christian Network, we covered the crisis in our most recent online newscast, “The Christian Crisis in Iraq.” A recent...

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Peace, Faith, and War

Peace, Faith, and War

Why is peace so important to us, as human beings? The world around us is full of war, disaster, hatred, and struggle. Our own inner world can be scarred by sadness and anxiety. Yet no matter how hard it is to find, we keep seeking peace. Why? And where can...

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