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Beliefs



Sacred Narratives

The stories of the Bible and the stories of Christian martyrs and saints are sacred to Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Eastern Orthodox Christianity places special emphasis on the Trinity and on Mary, mother of Jesus.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

In Eastern Orthodox belief, humans are made in the image and likeness of God. The goal of life is communion with God.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

There is no single authoritative Christian teaching on the question of why God permits evil. Eastern Orthodoxy emphasizes God's power in the face of evil.

Afterlife and Salvation

Eastern Orthodoxy emphasizes salvation as a deification, or transfiguration of the human through communion with God.

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