Posts about early Christian

Understanding the Nicene Creed

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…

Jul 25, 2014
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“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…

Jul 24, 2014
The Sounding

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…

Jul 14, 2014
The Sounding

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…

Jul 02, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Jun 25, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Jun 24, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

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…

Jun 19, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Pentecost and Temple Judaism

When we think about Pentecost, we are looking back at it from our modern Christian perspective. How might the Apostles themselves have experienced it?…

Jun 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Hurriyet Daily News: Centuries-old Church Rescued in Cappadocia

An ancient Orthodox Church in Cappadocia will be saved from collapse. After many years of concern over the fragile state of the building and effort to…

Jun 12, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

Fr. Thomas Hopko joins us to talk about the Creed we Orthodox recite every Sunday in church. Although most of us have memorized it, there is always more…

Jun 11, 2014
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