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Conclusion: Repentance in Christian Late Antiquity and the Question of Continuity

Alexis Torrance

in Repentance in Late Antiquity

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199665365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665365.003.0008

Series: Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

Conclusion: Repentance in Christian Late Antiquity and the Question of Continuity

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The conclusion offers a summary of findings, and addresses the question of continuity between earlier Christian understandings of repentance, and that offered by the ascetics. The threefold framework of repentance as initial, existential, and Christ-like is defended as a useful interpretative strategy for unpacking the concept of repentance in ascetic texts in particular, as well as early Christian texts more generally.

Keywords: repentance; ascetic theology; Early Christianity; continuity

Chapter.  1729 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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