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...On one hand, its theology is based on nothing outside the scriptures. On the other hand, the doctrines agree in all parts with those of the Early Church i.e. the tradition which has the proper interpretation and application of the teachings of our Lord and the Apostles as understood and practiced by the Christians and the leaders of the Church during the period of the One Universal Church until the division of 451 A.D. Bishop Athanasius of Ben-Swef and Bahnassa (1977)

The Coptic Church was established in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by St. Mark the Evangelist in the city of Alexandria around 43 A.D. The church adheres to the Nicene Creed. St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.), the twentieth Pope of the Coptic Church effectively defended the Doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ's Divinity at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. His affirmation of the doctrine earned him the title; "Father of Orthodoxy" and St. Athanasius "the Apostolic".

The term "Coptic" is derived from the Greek "Aigyptos" meaning "Egyptian". When the Arabs arrived in Egypt in the seventh century, they called the Egyptians "qibt". Thus the Arabic word "qibt" came to mean both "Egyptians" and "Christians".

The term "Orthodoxy" here refers to the preservation of the "Original Faith" by the Copts who, throughout the ages, defended the Old Creed against the numerous attacks aimed at it.

The Coptic Orthodox Church believes that the Holy Trinity: God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, are equal to each other in one unity; and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world. Less changes have taken place in the Coptic Church than in any other church whether in the ritual or doctrine aspects and that the succession of the Coptic Patriarchs, Bishops, priests and Deacons has been continuous.

Overview of the Church

  1. Introduction
  2. Apostolic Age
  3. St. Mark the Evangelist and Beholder of God
  4. Church Art
  5. Church Dogmas
  6. Church Feasts
  7. Church History
  8. Church Hymns
  9. Church Martyrdom
  10. Church Rituals
    1. Spirituality of Rituals: Introduction
    2. Spirituality of Rituals: Characteristics of Our Coptic Church
    3. Spirituality of Rituals: Service Vessels
    4. Spirituality of Rituals: The Meaning of the Use of Light within the Church
    5. Spirituality of Rituals: Iconostasis
  11. Church Sacraments
  12. Church Tradition
  13. Coptic Calendar
  14. Coptic Liturgy
    1. Coptic Liturgies
    2. The Significance of the Divine Liturgy
  15. Patrology
  16. Monastic Movement
  17. Saints