West versus East and the Consequences for Russian Christianity

Vitalij PETRENKO

Abstract


The author is considering the historical relationship between East and West on the basis of the development of understanding of ecclesiastical authority in the Roman-Catholic Church with its ecclesiological centre in Romeand in the Eastern Church with its centre in Constantinople. The main attention in this paper will be devoted to the development of the papacy in the West, its conflicts with the ecclesiastical and imperial structures of the East, the relationship between the two Churches and the consequences of this struggle for Russian Christianity. The author draws some historical implications out of this analysis for Russian evangelicals in order to draw their attention towards their our own sense of ‘belonging’ in the context of wider, historical Christianity. 


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West versus East and the consequences for russian Christianity; historical relationship between East and West; West, its conflicts with the ecclesiastical and imperial structures of the East

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