Though it does not stand as strongly relatable to many evangelicals of the west, the Eastern Orthodox Church is one major arm of the Christian Church. As possibly viewed through either a Roman Catholic lens or an overly Eastern lens (e.g., Buddhism), many within the evangelical tradition are left with questions of who is this group and what do they really believe at their core.
From a brief introduction to church history, many will know they came into their own following the Great Schism of 1054 CE, through division over papal authority and the addition of a particular Latin word to the old Nicene Creed. However, this branch of the Christian faith has offered many contributions down through the ages. I’ll simply identify 4 in particular. Continue reading