History of the Orthodox Church

The true Orthodox way of thought has always been historical, has always included the past, but has never been enslaved by it…[for] the strength of the Church is not in the past, present, or future, but in Christ. Rt. Rev’d Alexander Schmemann


Introduction to De Incarnatione Verbi Dei
C.S. Lewis’ short but beautifully written introduction to St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation.

The Great Schism
A section from Bishop Kallistos Ware’s The Orthodox Church

History of the Orthodox Church
An extensive overview of church history from the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren:

  1. The Apostolic Church
  2. The Church of the Ecumenical Councils
  3. The Church of Imperial Byzantium
  4. Orthodoxy Under the Ottomans
  5. The Church of Russia
  6. The Orthodox Churches in the 19th Century
  7. The Orthodox Church Since World War I


A Time Line of Church History
Conciliar Press publication hosted at the St. Ignatius of Antioch mission site.

Eastern Orthodoxy to 1453: Christian History Timeline
Created by Gerald Bray for Christian History Magazine. Published by a group not in communion with the Patriarchate of Antioch and the rest of the Patriarchal Orthodox Churches.

Websites and Blogs

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America/East Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (Our Diocese)

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

Benedictine Fellowship of St. Laurence

Christ the King Orthodox Mission of Edmonton

The Orthodox West

Fr. Novak’s Blog

Orthodox Church in America