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Observations of Middle Eastern Christianity Versus Western Versions

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Dec 20, 2021 at 16:35

Like Dr. Pipes alludes to, certain issues of unfamiliarity with the topic of Western versus Middle Eastern Christianity over the millennia occurs when attempting to determine where in the Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) the various dispersions we might see that led to the divisions of 'universality versus variable distinctions of theological veracity;' where did the true church get off on the road to religious diversity? Theosophical disparity is the bane of the Christianesque communities today. A comparison of the contrasts of 'Western' versus Middle Eastern denominations (let alone the Roman Catholic variant) call for a comprehensive examination of the highly interpretative approach of how to study the Scriptures in order to show oneself approved according to the testaments.
While admitting to not yet having read the volume and in such admission, acknowledging that unfamiliarity in what is presented may limit any serious observations, there is nevertheless the years, even decades of resourcing multiple other volumes that present the story of Church history which has seen hundreds of years of tumultuous and devastating debates and acts of immolation for refusing to adopt a self-declared appropriate observation of the message of the Gospel of the Savior. These modern looks into the development of modern Christianity, Western or Middle Eastern, or universally observed, seem to have limited ability to prepare modern congregations for what is coming based upon what the past that did not learn regarding the message of the Savior. Otherwise, it is an interesting offering.

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