THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE EASTERN ORTHODOX AND ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES
The main purpose of this book is to serve as a basis for reflection on the Dialogue between the Eastern Orthodox Churches ( the four ancient Patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, that of Georgia and Patriarchates founded later in Russia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as some autocephalous amd autonomous Churches) and Oriental Orthodox Churches (of the Coptic, Armenian, Ethiopian and Syriac traditions), with unofficial dialogue since 1964 and official dialogue since 1985. The breach began with a theological controversy concerning the relation between the human and divine natures in Christ centred on the expression “two natures (physeis) in one Person”, a new Christological formula adopted at the Council of Chalcedon(451). As agreed at Chambesy (Geneva) in November 1993 , we can state that: “Both families have always loyally maintained the authentc Orthodox Christological faith, and the unbroken continuity of the apostolic tradition, though they may have used Christology – have also been raised. Another issue of the utmost importance is that of practical dialogue. Political, sociological, cultural, linguistic and even psychological factors in creating tension have also played a role in the division. These topics must be tackled and certain areas clarified for future steps of the dialogue in order to facilitate the restoration of full eccesial communion – thet is to arrive at complete unity. This dialogue should become widely know and understood not only by thelogians and scholars but also by ordinary people. Another aim of the bbok is to enhance the knowledge of this dialogue in all Churches for their own bilateral ecumenical dialogues with the Oriental Orthodox Churches.