The Christian Churches of The Middle East: From their origins to today: a bird’s-eye view.  

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Date(s) - 21/10/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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St Andrew's Church

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The Christian Churches of The Middle East: From their origins to today: a bird’s-eye view.

Dr Sebastian Brocks talk 21st October 2017.

10am – 1pm at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PF.£10 per person (including refreshments) payable on the day.

The Christian Churches of The Middle East: From their origins to today: a bird’s-eye view.

Sebastian has taught at Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. His special interest is in the Middle Eastern Churches of Syriac tradition, and their language and literature. He is the author of The Luminous Eye: the Spiritual World View of St Ephrem (1992; now translated into several different languages), and he has edited and translated many new Syriac texts.

 

The talk will give a bird’s eye view of the different indigenous Middle Eastern Churches, how they came into being, and their role in modern ecumenical dialogue. This will involve an explanation of why the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451), with its attempt to define the relationship between the divinity and the humanity in the incarnate Christ, proved so controversial at the time, leading to a three-way split in Eastern Christianity by the early 7th century, when the situation became fossilized by the Arab invasions and the advent of Islam.  Only in ecumenical dialogue of the last half century have there been serious attempts to unravel the issues at stake.

 

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