The Great Schism

The Great Schism

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  • I shall call dibs on all Christians!
  • Off to Rome!
  • You guys don't either!
  • You guys have no idea what form Jesus is!
  • The five bishops, or patriarchs, shared authority and had equal power over the Christian Church, but then the bishop of Rome declared to have authority over all the Christians.
  • Using icons help us get closer to God when praying and it shows our faith to him.
  • Praying to icons are useless! Worshipping objects is a waste of time.
  • The bishop of Rome decided to title himself pope, or head of the church. He also strongly debated and argued that Jesus made Peter the head of the church. It was believed that Peter traveled to Rome and became its first bishop, and his authority was passed on to the following bishops after his death.
  • Destroy all icons!
  • Different beliefs of the nature of Jesus started to arise as the popularity of the Christian religion grew. This caused arguments and debates over which beliefs were true or not. The Emperor, Constantine, had to take charge and form a statement of beliefs, or a creed, to stop the arguments and clear the confusion.
  • Wrong church, buddy. You're in the Eastern Orthodox Church right now.
  • Now, where are those icons?!
  • Icons, which are holy images and are usually a portraits of Jesus or a saint, were argued over very often among the early Christians. While many Christians used icons as pathways to God and displayed them around their homes and churches for daily prayers, others were strictly against icons, for they thought of the use of icons was the same as worshiping objects.
  • The constant debate of icons resulted in attacks from iconoclasts, or "image-breakers" ordering their followers to go in churches and break the icons. These attacks expanded the gap between the Eastern and Western Christians because icons were used more often in Western Europe than in Eastern Europe.
  • All of these events were key components that showed the differences of the Eastern and Western Europe Christians which led to the Great Schism. These two regions developed two different churches with different Christian traditions. The Eastern Orthodox Church influenced most of the Eastern region of Europe, which involved Greek rituals, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, which is where rituals were in Latin and influence the Western region.
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