History of Orthodox Christianity

DVD Release: August 31, 2010
History of Orthodox Christianity


This ambitious project is designed to be the most detailed worldwide television presentation of the Orthodox Church, its traditions, and its sacramental life. The programs, produced in English and Greek, will serve as an educational tool for the Christian Orthodox Church to help address the needs of people all over the world and help those who are unfamiliar with this ancient Christian church better understand Orthodoxy.

Dove Review

This film provides a thorough history lesson of Orthodox Christianity. It contains three parts and offers time for discussion after each section. It is an educational tool for anyone who wants to study Orthodox Christianity. Each section takes the viewer through the history of the continuous journey of the Orthodox Church.

Part one tells how Orthodox Christianity began and what problems it incurred between different beliefs. As Peter, the apostle, traveled after the death of Jesus, he preached the gospel to the people in Greece, and they started to believe in the gospel. This is the event that started the Orthodox Church. The film discusses the first Christian Community Church in Jerusalem, how it grew in the Greek world, and how the Greek language was used first to translate the gospel.

Part two examines the controversial issues concerning Christ and the Imperial Church. Priests, historians, and professors discuss the tribulations and divisions among people in different geological areas, the translation of the gospel into Greek, and the Crusades. Religious leaders relay the stories of the church, as they tell the government what to do, discuss how the Crusades were not really wars for religion but for land, and explain the greed that became a problem in that area, in the name of Christianity.

Part three provides a discussion on the modern changes in Orthodox Christianity, the traditions that people still observe, and the treasures that they still use. This section also discusses Islam, Christianity, and the greed of politics in the church in Russia and some European countries. Part three also shows the viewer some of the modern places of worship and the original structures and artifacts.

We award this educational documentary the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: Drawings on torture and the Crusades
Drugs: none
Nudity: none
Other: Discussion regarding different cultures within the church.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe