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Orthodox Church
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1. Terminology and Self-Understanding

In keeping with their flexible and liberal spirit, which opposes defining the concept of orthodoxy (§§1–2) as a doctrinaire rigidity of binding belief, the Orthodox churches have no required term for themselves. The many terms used are to be understood in their historical contexts as reactions against church developments that at various times required emphases on identity and uniqueness and authenticity of this or that particular expression of the original Christian r…

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Kallis, Anastasios, “Orthodox Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_O196>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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