Paideia and Cult Paperback

Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia

by Daniel L. Schwartz;

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Paideia and Cult

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Paideia and Cult explores the role of Christian education and worship in the complex process of conversion and Christianization. It analyzes the Catechetical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia as a curriculum designed to train those seeking initiation into the Christian mysteries. Although Theodore gave considerable attention to teaching creedal theology, he sought to go beyond simply communicating information. His catechetical preaching set the teaching of Christian ideas within the context of religious community and ritual participation. In doing so he sought to produce a Christianized view of the world and of the convert's place in a community of worship. Theodore's attention to the communal, cognitive, and ritual components of initiation suggest a substantive understanding of religious conversion, yet one that avoids an overemphasis on intellectual and psychological transformation. Throughout this study catechesis emerges as invaluable for comprehending the ability of clergy to initiate new members as Christianity gained increasing prominence within the late Roman world.

Paideia and Cult by Daniel L. Schwartz was published by Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies in April 2013. The ISBN for Paideia and Cult is 9780674067035.

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Details for Paideia and Cult

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies (April 2013)
Number of Pages200
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4038305
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