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Mission in the Early Church

GOODMAN MARTIN

in Mission and Conversion

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263876
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263876.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Mission in the Early Church

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This chapter explores the Christian mission in the early church. To some extent, some early Christian institutions mirrored those in contemporary Jewish society. The biggest agent of transformation for the convert was negative: withdrawal from pagan worship. Withdrawal from cult separated Christians from the surrounding society. The pressure of such separation from ordinary people led Christians to stick together to form their own alternative communities. In any case, converts were welcomed into the communities and given a status equal in theory to that of the existing members of the community.

Keywords: converts; Christian mission; pagan worship; alternative communities

Chapter.  7059 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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