Shifting Identities – Creating Change
Edited By Birgitte Secher Bøgh
Theme 4. Education: instructing and guiding the convert.
Identity Formation through Catechetical Teaching in Early Christianity
Abstract: With an outset in identity theories and drawing on the catechetical instructions found in the writings of Cyril of Jerusalem and Augustine, the author argues that 4th century Christian catechetical teaching was aimed at and contributed to identity formation and transformation among persons who recently converted to Christianity, even in the strongest sense of the term “identity”.
Baptismal catechesis and early Christian identity formation
In Christianity, catechesis played an important role in conversion processes mainly as a way to educate and socialise new converts into the social and moral rules and the belief system of the new group. But to which degree did this educational effort aim at an individual’s or group’s transformation of identity – and did it in fact?
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