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Armenian Christianity at the Crossroads

Declaring Christianity as its official religion in 301, Armenia became the first Christian state. Thanks to the invention of the Armenian alphabet (405-420/30s), translation of the Bible (405-420/30ss) and various liturgical and theological literature, Christianity was nationalized in Armenia quite soon. Later the Armenian Church strengthened her national features, embraced non-Chalcedonic position and since then, the concept of “the Armenian Christianity” has been formulated.
Both Armenia and Armenian Christianity have been among different religious and geopolitical crossroads as well as among diverse civilizational and cultural habitats. At the beginning, the Christian Armenia was between the polytheistic Roman Empire (only in 311, with the Edict of Milan Constantine the Great proclaimed religious tolerance in the Empire and stopped persecutions of Christians) and Zoroastrian Iran, afterwards between the Christian Rome and Iran. Later, appearing under the political pressure of various Muslim states and invaders (the Arab Caliphate, Seljuqs, the Mongol Empire, Tamerlane’s State, karakoyunlus and akkoyunlus, the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Iran, etc.), the Armenian Christianity developed through different stages that had a considerable impact on the profession of faith of the Armenian Apostolic Church and her cultural and national role.
“TheoLab” Center for Science and Analysis offers its scientific research to the scientific society through studying “the Armenian Christianity” within the framework of world history and international culture. Above all, the center adopts a strategy to illustrate the historical and contemporary events that are in need of further examination.

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