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Hellenic Studies #57: Paideia and Cult: Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia

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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.

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Schwartz's analysis of the Catechetical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia explores the role of education and worship in the complex process of conversion and Christianization. Catechesis emerges here as invaluable for comprehending clergy's ability to initiate new members as Christianity gained increasing prominence within the late Roman world.

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Daniel L. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674067035
Author:
Schwartz, Daniel L.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Religion : Christian Theology - General
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Religion : History
Subject:
History-Ancient - Rome
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series
Series Volume:
57
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
182
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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