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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
March 22, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Eastern Orthodoxy—Holy Tradition
Lecture # 24
March 22, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
After centuries of religious struggle, Christianity in the Byzantine Empire settled into a long period of stability. The conflict over the nature of Christ ended in a state of resolution fairly close to the
Chalcedonian position, and the violent turmoil unleashed by iconoclasm finally ceased. The pressure exerted by external enemies made the Byzantine Empire more compact and inward-turning.
Constantinople remained the greatest city in the world, but the age of imperial aggression and expansion was over. Eastern Orthodoxy, furthermore, experienced no great intellectual crises, such as the Reformation and Enlightenment. This lecture considers the expansion of Orthodoxy to the Slavic peoples and three signal elements in the Orthodox tradition: the liturgy, the role of
monasticism, and spirituality.