Simply for us Orthodox to better understand them:- Informational Sharing-Letting the Copts Speak for themselves, -their own version of their doctrine and history: "Coptic Orthodoxy Documentary"
Comment: Yes, they are not part of our
Orthodox Church as we understand it, and yes they left our church
because of the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, which defined the doctrine of the Two Natures of Christ, [
part of the reasons for that separation-besides them not wanting to be a
part of the Greek dominated Byzantine Empire,] was what they and many
others claim, was due to a miss-understanding of differences in
terminology and language, Greek versus Coptic, as
they state that they DO firmly believe, and that they always have, that
Christ is BOTH DIVINE and HUMAN, the God-Man, but they seem to believe
that that sums up to 'ONE UNITED NATURE' ...so the controversy appears to many, to be around the Greek term for 'nature' versus, 'person' ...but
not truly about the essential Christology doctrine] still, they are an
ancient early local church, founded by the Apostle Mark and in so many
ways very close to us, and profoundly pious and God-fearing.
we need to understand them better, even as they are now suffering so
severe a new persecution at the hands of the merciless bloodthirsty
godless Muslims, and being dispersed around the world, while
most western Christians and governments do nothing to help them. And,
if they are involved, currently to some measured degrees, with the
ecumenical movement, as is shown in the end segment, it is clearly their
desperation to reach out to any or all, who might help them....'fellow
Christians', most of whom, have indeed abandoned them to their fate-i.e
to God's mercy alone.