Jews, Christians and Pagans in Antiquity
Edited By Jörg Ulrich, David Brakke and Anders-Christian Jacobsen
For the Sake of a 'Rational Worship': The Issue of Prayer andCult in Early Christian Apologetics 231
For the Sake of a 'Rational Worship': The Issue of Prayer and Cult in Early Christian Apologetics Lorenzo Perrone "Eine Säkularisierung, die nicht vernichtet, vollzieht sich im Modus der Übersetzung" Jürgen Habermas 1. By Way of Introduction: An Embarrassing Question Dealing with early Christian apologetics generally implies some uneasiness, if one is aiming for greater insight into the religious ex- perience of Christian communities at that time. Starting with Franz Overbeck's famous characterization of these writings as the first ex- pression of ancient Christian literature, though dressed in profane forms for a profane public, we are led to regard apologetic literature as a kind of Mischwesen.' It is not simply a question of literary gen- re - whose problematic unity, according to Jean-Claude Fredouille, can at best be conceived of only in a 'polymorphic' form - but rather of the 'thing' itself, I mean the apologetic discourse as such.2 There is a seemingly unavoidable limitation in it, insofar as the act of presenting reasons for faith (1Petr 3:15) in response to accusa- 1 F. Overbeck, Über die Anfänge der patristischen Literatur, in: HZ 48 (1882), 412-472, repr. Darmstadt 1964. 2 J.-C. Fredouille, L'apologffique chrffienne antique. Naissance d'un genre litteTaire, in: REAug 38 (1992), 219-234; id., L'apologffique chraienne antique. Wtamorphoses d'un genre polymorphe, in: REAug 41 (1995), 201-216; cf. also A. Cameron, Apologetics in the Roman Empire. A Genre of Intolerante?, in: J.-M. Carriez / R. Lizzi Testa (eds.), "Humana sapit". Etudes d'antiquiM tardive offertes ä Lellia Cracco...
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