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East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church

From Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence

East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church

From Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199280162
Number of Pages: 318
Published: 12/05/2005
Width: 15.7 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The greatest Christian split of all has been that between east and west, between Roman Catholic and eastern Orthodox, a rift that is still apparent today. Henry Chadwick provides a compelling and balanced account of the emergence of divisions between Rome and Constantinople. Drawing on his encyclopaedic command of the literature, he starts with the roots of the divergence in apostolic times and takes the story right up to the Council of Florence in the fifteenth century. Henry Chadwick's own years of experience as an ecumenist inform his discussion of Christians in relation to each other, to Jews, and to non-Christian Gentiles. He displays a distinctive concern for the factors - theological, personal, political, and cultural - that caused division in the church and prevented reconciliation. His masterly exposition of the complex issues discussed at the Ecumenical Councils (issues that eventually led to the separation) is characteristically clear and fair. This is a work of immense learning, written with sensitivity and spirit. Its fascinating detail and full analysis make it invaluable to anyone interested in how this lasting rift in the Church developed.

Henry Chadwick (Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge)

Henry Chadwick is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

"The book is a tour de fource to which we will keep turning as an essential reference work."

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