Πρόγραμμα Ιερατικών Σπουδών – Περιγραφή Μαθήματος
Course: History of the Life and Administration of the Church (II)
Course Code: Y24
Teaching Credits: 4
Teaching Hours: 3
Description: (from the Iconoclasm until the Reformation) This second historical period presents the spread of Christianity in the East and West. It presents the stable, progressive differentiation of the major ecclesiastic centers of East and West, after the common ecclesiastic tradition of the first 8 centuries which led to the clash between the Church of Old Rome and New Rome (Constantinople) (9th century), until the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Church (1054). The results of this are a) the ignorance of the importance of the Church Fathers' tradition regarding the spriritual life of the person which was rejected by the ecclesiastic tradition of the East, during the 11th century. This ignorance was also judged heretical during the period of the Hesichastic disputes of the 14th century. Next, there is a presentation of the development of the administration and life of the Eastern Church, including the heresies and theological disputes in the Eastern Church, as well as the basic aspects of the organisation and spiritual life of the Western Church. Particular emphasis is given to the attempts at union between the Eastern and Western Churches. There is also an explanation of the development of the Holy Liturgy, the development of Monachism, education, and the general spiritual life of the Eastern Church. This is done in the form of a comparative analysis of structures, theology and tradition, between East and West.