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Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions: The Church 450–680 A.D.

Format: Digital
ISBN: 088141056


Almost without exception, the “histories of the church” available in print are histories of Western Christianity, with only brief mentions of the East. This volume—the second in a planned series of six—attempts to achieve a more balanced approach. Filling the needs of students, but also of a wider readership, it describes the expansion of Christianity in the East and the West in the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries—from Ireland to the Indian Ocean and from Germany to Nubia. It exposes the tensions which arose between the inevitable cultural pluralism and the needs of church unity—an issue which stands at the center of modern ecclesiological concerns. It discusses the debates on the identity of Christ, formally solved by the decrees of the great ecumenical councils, but which left Christendom divided. It defines the problems raised by the arbitrariness of Eastern Roman emperors and by the gradual development of Roman primacy.

  • Title: Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions: The Church 450–680 A.D.
  • Author: John Meyendorff
  • Series: The Church in History
  • Volume: II
  • Publisher: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1989
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Church history › Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600; Church and state › History
  • ISBNs: 088141056, 0881410551, 9780881410556
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2018-10-27T04:26:58Z

John Meyendorff (February 17, 1926 – July 22, 1992) was a modern Orthodox scholar, writer and teacher. He was born into the Russian nobility as Ivan Feofilovich Baron von Meyendorff (Иван Феофилович барон фон Мейендорф), but was known as Jean Meyendorff during his life in France. Fr John Meyendorff retired as Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary on June 30, 1992. On July 22, 1992, he died from pancreatic cancer. His son, Paul Meyendorff (b. 1950), is currently Fr.