16 Facts About Eastern Orthodox


Every Eastern Orthodox Christian sees his or her year punctuated by the liturgical calendar of the church on which they depend.

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Eastern Orthodox Christians believe in the Trinity, three distinct, divine persons, without overlap or modality among them, who each have one divine essence —uncreated, immaterial, and eternal.

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Eastern Orthodox doctrine regarding the Trinity is summarised in the Nicene Creed.

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Eastern Orthodox Christians believe in a monotheistic conception of God, which is both transcendent and immanent .

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When Eastern Orthodox Christians refer to fallen nature they are not saying that human nature has become evil in itself.

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The Eastern Orthodox believe that Christ Jesus was both God and Man absolutely and completely, having two natures indivisibly: eternally begotten of the Father in his divinity, he was born in his humanity of a woman, Mary, by her consent, through descent of the Holy Spirit.

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The Eastern Orthodox Christian life is a spiritual pilgrimage in which each person, through the imitation of Christ and hesychasm, cultivates the practice of unceasing prayer.

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Eastern Orthodox Church believes death and the separation of body and soul to be unnatural—a result of the Fall of Man.

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Eastern Orthodox believe that Christ, from the moment of his conception, was both fully God and fully human.

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Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that when a person dies the soul is temporarily separated from the body.

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Eastern Orthodox do not accept the doctrine of Purgatory, which is held by Catholicism.

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Eastern Orthodox believe that the state of the soul in Hades can be affected by the love and prayers of the righteous up until the Last Judgment.

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Eastern Orthodox Christians hold that the Bible is a verbal icon of Christ, as proclaimed by the 7th ecumenical council.

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Once established as holy scripture, there has never been any question that the Eastern Orthodox Church holds the full list of books to be venerable and beneficial for reading and study, even though it informally holds some books in higher esteem than others, the four gospels highest of all.

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The most important centres of Christian Eastern Orthodox monasticism are Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula and Mount Athos in Northern Greece.

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The church understands marriage to be the union of one man and one woman, and certain Eastern Orthodox leaders have spoken out strongly in opposition to the civil institution of same-sex marriage.

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