Salim Munayer – Beyond Bells and Smells. The Gap between Eastern and Western Christianity – 2

The Early Church Schisms

Contrary to popular belief, the early church schisms in the fourth and fifth centuries were not exclusively, or even primarily, a result of doctrinal differences, but occurred to some extent as a consequence of political struggles for territory, governance and authority. These political struggles were then couched in theological language at a time when the early church was attempting to combat heresy and articulate a basic statement of core beliefs for the faithful. Imperial and ecclesiastical agendas became somewhat intertwined. Continue reading “Salim Munayer – Beyond Bells and Smells. The Gap between Eastern and Western Christianity – 2”