English is not my native language, sorry for any misspellings.
Through my reading about the early Church and the later history of Christianity, also by reading some threads here. I know now that the Catholic Church ( Church of Rome ) faced many events in history that shaped her and her followers until today, yet, the Orthodox Church didn't face such events, but it faced a different kind of events that also shaped the Orthodox Church until today including her followers.
I believe the Catholic Church faced what we call it the dark ages, but it wasn't the case where the Orthodox Church was. Some heretics rose in the east have lead the Orthodox to face them, yet another type of heretics rose in the west and also the Church there had to face them. Wars, both Churches, the Catholic and the Orthodox have faced wars.
How did these events shape each Church and their followers then and today ?
I do realize it is very small question but it needs a long answer, but I don't want long perfect answer. I just want to you personal opinion and thoughts on the issue ?