Being Christian and the Doctrine of the Church

Elizabeth Graham

in Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036663
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041834 | DOI:
Being Christian and the Doctrine of the Church

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This chapter asks the question, “What makes a Christian?” Definitions of conversion and Christianization are reviewed, as are “paganism” and the origin of the word “pagan.” The focus is an examination, from the Roman Catholic viewpoint in particular, of the role of doctrine and dogma in claiming Christianity.

Keywords: Christian; doctrine; dogma; pagan; paganism; Roman Catholic; Church

Chapter.  7840 words. 

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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