Christ’s House Divided: The Great East-West Schism of 1054

The Schism of 1054 changed the face of the western world forever. How did it happen? What were some of the important causes and consequences?



April 10, 2013 · 1:48 am

3 responses to “Christ’s House Divided: The Great East-West Schism of 1054

  1. Nice Vid! It seems to me, after studying this from Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic perspectives, that the Great Schism of 1054 was the darkest day in Christendom — yes even darker than the Crusades. It was the day that the West gave great sorrow to Christ, for it ignored His prayer in John 17, that the church would be one.

    I blame it on the west for one primary reason:

    They began to make changes ignoring the centuries old method of change making — The Ecumenical Council of the WHOLE body.

    The Pope’s Primacy
    The Filioque
    And the Eucharistic Bread

    You can blame it on geography, and communication (which played their parts) BUT — they didn’t have to.

    • Michael Sweeney

      I agree. Personally, I feel that the geographical issue only served to widen an already huge gap. The Ecumenical Councils were the primary form of communication and coordination between the churches, and to ignore that is to cut off all reasonable dialogue.

      I would say that if we can take one thing from all of this, it would be that talking is the key to working out our differences as humans. This can be applied in any situation. Both religious and secular disagreements must be resolved by getting together and talking, making decisions, and agreeing on an outcome. Any other method will lead to bickering and a breakdown of relations. I think we should all try to apply the same thought to personal relationships. Friends, married couples, or siblings who don’t talk about their problems will never be together for long!

      • I agree. the early church took the lead from Paul – seeking out the advice from what we call the Jerusalem council. It seems if anybody didn’t need the input from his brothers, it was Paul. But, he went, discussed, and agreed to abide by their decision

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