The Great Schism, also Known as the East-West Division

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People separate and then reunited; people quarrel and then reconciled. Similarly, Christianity also has separation reunion, argument and reconciliation. Christianity was started as one body, and then multiple factors gradually contributed to the split of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Some of these factors are such as the different understanding of Christianity, the different point of views toward the authority of the Pope and the different ideas of governing the Church. All the different thoughts created the disagreement between the two branches of Church. In other words, the conflict came up, and eventually led to the Great Schism. The differences between these two branches of church were significant because…show more content…
Moreover, The differences between the government and doctrine of these two churches were also an important cause of the split. According to the Eastern Orthodox, the Pope has the “authority is thus no greater or lesser than any of his fellow Bishops in the Church.”(Hallam 11). The main idea of this is that the Pope and Bishops have an equal authority. Oppositely, the Roman Catholic agreed,” The Pope is the ‘Vicar of Christ’.”(Hallam 11). In other words, the Pope is head of the Church and he holds supreme authority in Christendom. This makes it obvious that the two churches disagree with each other on the way of governing the Church. “Rome preferred an almost ³business-like´ terseness; Constantinople delighted in³diffuse poetical rhapsodies interspersed with prayer.” (Moreover, “Roman Catholicism teaches that human reason can prove that God is; and, even infer that He is eternal, infinite, good, bodiless, almighty, all-knowing, etc.” (Azkoul), the Roman Catholic governed the Church with more logic than the Eastern Orthodox. In other words, the Roman Catholic Church tried to examine every question, and wanted to give every question a logical answer. For example, “At the same time, the Latins interpret the Sacraments in a legal and philosophical way”(Azkoul). In addition, the Roman Catholic Church restricted the follower to live and act in a particular way in order to show the idea of “catholic” which means universal.
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