Early Christian Divisions

From its earliest days, Christianity split into various groups, each with its own beliefs and traditions. The divisions were at first about the life of Jesus, how to describe him, and how to interpret his teachings. The first major transformation was the split between the Orthodox Church in the east of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church in the west.

Early Christianity

Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century.

Church of the East

This Church split off in 431 due to a disagreement over the title given to the Virgin Mary.

Monophysites

This group ruled that Jesus was both human and divine, two natures in one person.

The Great Schism

The Eastern and Western sections of the Roman Empire and Christianity finally split in 1054.

The Great Schism

The Eastern and Western sections of the Roman Empire and Christianity finally split in 1054.

Eastern Christianity established its headquarters in Constantinople and spread east from here.

Followers of the disciple Peter established the papacy and power of the Church in Rome.

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