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

Articles on Orthodox History

PLEASE NOTE:  Not all links to the works and articles listed below are still active. The internet is always changing!  If a link fails to work, please search for the work or article online using a Google search or through another search engine.  The articles suggested are still good resources even if they are not present on this website.  
Introduction to De Incarnatione Verbi Dei
C.S. Lewis' short but beautifully written introduction to St. Athanasius' On the Incarnation.
A Russian Easter in the Year of Our Lord 1915
As observed by an English woman, Etheldred Mary M. Hewlett, and printed in the Rochester Diocesan Chronicle, 1918. An interesting historical snapshot of Holy Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and the persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church by militant atheism.
Elements and Influence of Judaism Prior to the New Testament Period
By George Zgourides
Comparison of the Theological Schools of Alexandria and Antioch
By George Zgourides
The Development of Monasticism From Prior to Anthony the Great to Benedict of Nursia
By George Zgourides

The Rebirth of Western Orthodoxy

A Short History of the Mass
From Orthodoxy, the periodical of the Basilian Fathers (received into the Antiochian Archdiocese in 1958). A detailed overview of the development of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, from its beginnings at the Last Supper and its remembrance by the Apostles to pre-Vatican II days and current Orthodox usage.

Links to Offsite Introductions to Orthodox Church History

A Timeline of Church History
Conciliar Press publication hosted at the St. Ignatius of Antioch mission site.
Timeline: Eastern Orthodoxy to 1453
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.
The Great Schism
A section from Bishop Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church, at the Serbian Diocese of Raska and Prizren site.
The History of the Filioque
An article by Thomas Ross Valentine, at his personal site.
Orthodox Christians in North America, 1794–1994
A book by Mark Stokoe and Leonid Kishkovsky, at the Orthodox Church in America.
History of the Orthodox Church
An extensive overview of church history at the Serbian 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
The Ecole Initiative
Creating a Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History on the World Wide Web
The St. Pachomius Library
Archives of and links to early Christian documents, at the Orthodox Christian Foundation.