Presentation on theme: "The Eastern Orthodox Church A Photo History. Learning Goals To understand the factors that led to the split of the Christian Church. To explain how the."— Presentation transcript:
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (The largest of the Orthodox Churches) ? But why and how did this split happen?
Lead up to the Great Schism Iconoclasm 800 AD - Pope declares Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor. So how do you think the Emperor in Constantinople felt? Geography – Very far apart. Language - Latin Vs. Greek Religious Focus Personalities and Conflicts Christian Religions
The Great (East-West) Schism 1054 AD. The Official Split of Christianity happened in 1054 AD.
ICONOCLASM Image Breaking More on Iconoclasm. More on Iconoclasm. Back
Religious Practices Roman -West Byzantine - East Emphasis on Jesus’s Humanity Emphasis on Jesus’s Divinity Back
Personalities and Conflicts Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and Pope St. Leo IX weren’t friends, and each one mistrusted the other. Cerularius crossed the line when he wrote in a letter that the Latin use of unleavened bread was Jewish but not Christian. He was denying the validity of the Holy Eucharist in the Western Church. Leo countered by saying that the patriarchs had always been puppets of the Byzantine emperors. In the end, Pope Leo and Patriarch Michael excommunicated each other and their respective churches. Back