First published in 1672 by Patriarch Dositheus II of Jerusalem as a summation of the decisions of that year’s Synod of Jerusalem, this confession of faith provides not only a summary of Orthodox Christian doctrine in the seventeenth century, but also a unique interaction between Orthodox theology and the Calvinists of the Protestant Reformation, as well as the Roman Catholic church of that same period. The synod and this response were inspired by Calvinist writings, such as the Confession of Faith of 1629, that were being falsely attributed to Cyril I Lucaris (1572-1638), Patriarch of Constantinople.
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Dositheus II Notarius was the eminent orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem from 1669 to 1707. A renowned theologian and pastor, Dositheus took a firm stance against the widespread influences of both Protestantism and Roman Catholicism during his ministry, seeking to preserve the traditions and beliefs of the Orthodox Church during the tumultuous Ottoman rule. Dositheus was born in Arachova, Greece in 1641, ordained as a deacon in 1652, and finally made archbishop of Caesarea Palestinae in 1666, before being elevated to the Patriarchal seat of Jerusalem in 1669. He was the primary author of the Acts and Decrees of the Synod of Jerusalem, a monumental apology of the Orthodox faith, and his 12-volume History of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem was published post-humously in 1715.