Friday, 8 May 2015

Francesco Pieri: Tertullian's insights on Christian initiation

Baptism seems to have been understood during the first Christian generations more as a ritual of aggregation to the community, essentialy based on the imitation of Christ's humility and repentance pattern, rather than a ritual performing a man's ontological transformation. Being the first western treatise entirely devoted to a/this "sacrament", Tertullian's On Baptism allows us to better understand the shift in conciousness and meaning attributed to a ritual system that marked Christianity in the third century.

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