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  • Field Observation Report Sample

    the priests from what appeared to be a special Bible with thin pages. Next, there was a short homily given by one of the priest. It was the shortest reflection I had ever heard, lasting only about five minutes. The Priest spoke in a hurried fashion about an awkward family dinner he attended. Soon, there was a murmur of “Amen” from the congregation and we were onto the next service element. The Priest led the congregation in the Profession of Faith printed in the bulletin. It was read so quickly I failed to keep up, and chose to follow along silently. The Profession of Faith recited at this Mass was a slightly expanded version of what most mainline denomination include in their recitation of the Nicene Creed. It includes the controversial Filioque Clause, which states that the Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” This clause remains a conflict between the Western and Eastern Orthodox Church. The Profession of Faith was followed by the Presentation Song and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. At this point, Liz and I began to panic. We were once told that it is unorthodox to participate in the Eucharist during Mass if we are not Catholic. I frantically searched the bulletin for guidance and quickly realized that this bulletin was not “visitor-friendly”. There were no instructions for communion etiquette or whether non-catholics are eligible to receive a priestly blessing like in other Catholic churches. Meanwhile, the eucharistic elements were being presented and…

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  • Stephen R. Holmes '' The Quest For The Trinity'

    response to this, Holmes argues that Augustine’s starting point was not different than the East’s; in fact, he believes that Augustine relied heavily on the East. According to Holmes, Augustine is “a most capable interpreter of Capadocian Trinitarianism”(146), who sought not to reconstruct a new Trinitarian doctrine, but to provide better arguments, through his rigorous exegesis, for the doctrine he inherited from the East. After a helpful interlude, Holmes shifts to the second part of his…

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  • The Great Schism And The Catholic Church

    A Schism is the formal separation of a church into two churches or the secession of a group owing to doctrinal and other differences. The Great Schism between sects of the Catholic Church. The Great Schism of 1054, between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, was caused by the everlasting differences of religious beliefs and political views between the eastern and western churches. The challenge to the absolute authority of the pope to make decisions concerning all of the…

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  • The Great Schism Essay

    Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches is beyond the scope of this concise exposition, this essay will feature a few examples. Culturally, the Eastern and Western churches were radically diverse. The two regional churches spoke different languages, resulting in lack of communication between the churches. Furthermore, the Eastern church focused on philosophy, as opposed to the law-oriented Western church. The differing theological genius’ led to two wildly dissimilar versions of one dogma.…

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  • The Apostles Creed: The Apostle Creed

    goes back to the Council of Nicea (in modern day Turkey) called in 325AD by the Emperor Constantine to address the Arian controversy. Eusebius submitted a Creed from his own Diocese, Caesarea, and this appears to have formed the basis of the creed propagated at Nicaea although there were other older creeds that could have been considered. The Creed affirmed the unity of God, insisted that Christ was begotten from the Father before all time, and declared that Christ is of the same essence…

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  • The Great Schism

    possible to negotiate with the Eastern emperors any further. This was an outrage to the Byzantine court, as Constantinople has been known as the New Rome since Emperor Constantine had moved his capital to the tiny town of Byzantium. This furthered the split between East and West. Language also had a part in the matter, the West used Latin and the East used Greek as official languages. The Popes looked to Pepin and then Emperor Charlemagne for support ending the political connection to the court…

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  • Turning Points In Dr. Mullins

    Europe that marks the turning point of a persecuted religious movement to a popular institutionalized religion. 3-In the “Council (451),” as the church gets threatened with disunity and deep controversy, doctrinal problems (against heresies like Nestorianism, disputes over Christology) need to be dealt with it. 4-In Benedict’s Rule (530),” we read about the rise of the Monastic movement through the Middle Age. 5-In “The Coronation of Charlemagne (800),” we see a Christianity peak in…

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  • Trinity Argument

    Nicene/Constantinople Creeds (Ibid, 64). The Athanasius Creed is a long, but practical explanation of the Trinity since we are challenged to understand this mystery of God. To round out the other significant historical development of the Trinity, we will focus on the one remaining issue to settle: whether the Holy Spirit was begotten of the Father (God is the only source) as the Cappadocian Fathers and the Eastern Orthodox Church believed. Or the Holy Spirit came from both the Father and the…

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  • Great Schism Vs Christianity

    The event know as the “Great Schism” in 1054 AD marked the division between the Eastern Orthodox and Western Roman Catholic Church. The official reason for their separation was the filioque question that asked whether the Holy Spirit was a product of the God the Father alone (Eastern Orthodox belief) or from both the God the Father and God the Son (according to the Western Roman Catholics) along with a few other ecclesiastical and theological differences. It was the pope’s growing power,…

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  • Threeness Of God: The Father, Son, And Holy Spirit

    Processions via ad intra or within the Trinity, indicating that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are each fully God and yet truly distinct. In order to further understand the plurality of the Trinity, it is vital that one comprehends how the Holy Spirit and the Son, the other persons of the Trinity, make up the Trinity. This can be explained by the spiration and generation of the Trinity, in which the Holy Spirit and the Son come forth from the Father. One can examine this in the…

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