As we navigate the waters of the Great Schism, I will post resources for our research and reading, and here is one. I have recently finished a book entitled “The Eastern Schism” by Sir Steven Runciman, a noted British historian. He did extensive research on the Byzantine Empire and the Crusades, and I relied on his books during my Masters’ degree. This particular book is not very difficult to read and covers the relations between the Eastern and Western churches in the 11th and 12th centuries. What I liked about his book is that it treats both churches fairly and does not take sides. It is a true exploration of the differences and difficulties that Christianity faced during these centuries. Being only 170 pages, it’s a quick read and, I highly recommend it.
Next up, I’m working on two books: “The Orthodox Church” by Timothy Ware (now Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the Eastern Orthodox Church) and Rome and the Eastern Churches by Aidan Nichols. O.P. (a Dominican Catholic priest who lectured at Oxford University). I’ll post thoughts on these as I finish them.
Next big post is coming soon on the actual framework of the Schism. Stay tuned!