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Eastern Orthodox Cacophony in America

In the American context, how can Orthodoxy cope with the dynamics of the denominational system—essentially a free market of religious options?

Published on: February 10, 2016
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  • Regarding this: “As if this were not complicated enough, there are the so-called Oriental Churches, Eastern churches that refused to recognize the doctrinal decisions of the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE). The most important of these are the Armenian and Coptic (Egyptian and Ethiopian) churches derived from the Monophysite heresy. There is also the Malankara Indian Orthodox Church, originally resulting from the Nestorian heresy that flourished in the territory of the Patriarch of Antioch (the Monophysites came from Alexandria in Egypt).”

    While yes Copts don’t accept Chalcedon, the Church of Alexandria didn’t derive from the Monophysite heresy, this is incorrect. Copts are Miaphysite Christians, adhering to the teachings of St. Cyril and the council of Ephesus in 431. At the time, the “Anti-Chalcedonians” believed Chalcedon to have compromised the teachings and the faith of the 200 gathered at Ephesus I and the Christological teaching of St. Cyril of Alexandria, this is why it was rejected, and not for any adherence of actual Monophysitism. The Anti-Chalcedonians fought against the heresy of monophysitism as well. Dioscorus anathematized Eytuches at Chalcedon, his predecessor, Timothy II held a council of eastern bishops in 475 AD known as Ephesus III, which anathematized Eutyches, his followers, and all those who claimed the flesh of Christ came down from heaven, or that his humanity was not like ours. Would you be so kind as to change this error. Thank you.

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