The Church History of Antioch
The Patriarchate of Antioch has been one of the great centres of Christianity since the times of the New Testament. The origin of the Christian community within the city itself dates from the time of the Apostles, and the importance of the city as a center of the Christian community of the East dates from shortly thereafter. The civilized world of the Roman Empire was centred in cities, and it was quite natural that the Church, arising within the context of the Roman political structure, should assume that same external pattern. The fact that Antioch was the “Queen City” and capital of the Roman Diocese of the East went far in extending her ecclesiastical jurisdiction and influence throughout the Middle and Far East.
THE APOSTOLIC ERA
In addition to Ignatius, mention must be made of the works of Saint Theophilus, the sixth successor to Peter, who defended Christian doctrine in his writings against heretics and pagans.
THE PATRISTIC AGE
ANTIOCH AND THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS
ANTIOCH IN CAPTIVITY
ANTIOCH AND THE WESTERN EUROPEAN POWERS
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ANTIOCHIAN RENAISSANCE
“The Orthodox Church is not only for one nation, one civilisation, one continent. It is like God Himself, for all and for every place.”