What On Earth is the Orthodox Church?
By Conciliar Press
- On the one hand, it is the oldest Church in Christendom. On the other hand, it's new to most people in North America.
- It is the second largest body in Christendom with 225 million people worldwide. But in the U.S. and Canada there are less than six million.
- In the twentieth century alone, an estimated 40 million Orthodox Christians gave their lives for their faith, primarily under communism. So high is the commitment of many Orthodox Christians to Christ and His Church, she has often been called "the Church of the Martyrs."
- She is the Church of some of history's greatest theologians, scholars, and writers- people like John Chrysostom, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Dostoyevsky, and Alexander Solzehenitsyn.