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Greek Orthodox Religion 1 Greek Orthodox Religion Dana Dutch HUM 130- Religions of the World Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Greek Orthodox Religion 2 Religions vary depending on which part of the world you are in. The differences can be vast, and even confusing. I have found two religions that share similarities and differences with one another. In this paper I will be explaining the differences of Roman Catholicism faith and Greek Orthodox faith. In a world that has its fair share of extremism it is interesting to find common ground among these two religions. History of Greek Orthodox Religion Until 1054 AD Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism were branches of the same body—the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This date marks an important moment in the history of all Christian denominations because it designates the very first major division in Christianity and the beginning of "denominations." Disagreement between these two branches of Christendom had already long existed, but the widening gap between the Roman and Eastern churches increased throughout the first millennium with a progression of worsening disputes. This slow process of separation was encouraged in 330 AD when Emperor Constantine decided to move the capital of the Roman Empire to the city of Byzantium (Byzantine Empire, modern-day Turkey) and called it Constantinople. When he died his two sons divided their rule, one taking the Eastern portion of the empire and ruling from Constantinople and the other taking the western portion, ruling from Rome. The many disputes and opposition between the spiritual chiefs of the Orthodoxy and Catholicism became more and more intense and, in 1054, the Patriarch and the Pope excommunicated one another. The Orthodox Church (Eastern, Greek/Russian) and the Roman Catholic Church took their own
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Greek Orthodox Religion 3 way: this separation is called the schism. Today, Orthodoxy is the national Greece religion with 97% of the population. Etymologically, Orthodox means "right belief The Greek Orthodox has a very long and well established history. They have very close relationship with their religion that in the Byzantine Empire they called his emperor God's vice regent. The emperor was given the authority to preach and give communion. In 1975, the Orthodox religion was established as Greece's official religion by the constitution. With the Roman Catholic our history goes all the way back to when God created Adam and Eve to the death of Jesus Christ. We are the largest Christian group that has been around for many years. It has been said that St Peter is considered the first pope, and every pope since him is regarded as his spiritual successor. Our history is all from the Old Testament that is in the "Bible." Beliefs and Traditions The word orthodox means "right believing" and was adopted to signify the true religion that faithfully followed the beliefs and practices defined by the first seven ecumenical councils (dating back to the first 10 centuries). Orthodox Christianity claims to have fully preserved,
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2010 for the course ETH 125 ETH125 taught by Professor Dan during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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