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Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom

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This book focuses on conversion and Christendom, and the relationship of one to the other. Alan Kreider helps readers think about the meaning of the word Christendom, its character and inner dynamics, arguing that methods of conversion produced Christendom. This study, then, examines Christendom as the product of conversion, the latter understood as changes within categori ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Trinity Press International (first published 1999)
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This is a short book and an easy read. It is especially enjoyable if you haven't read a good bash of Constatinianism/Christendom in a while. Kreider's central argument is that in the early Church significant attention was given to proper catechetical instruction and the significant change required for converts to be considered converts. As time progresses, especially after the time of Constantine, conversion becomes less demanding, and easier. Thus, Kreider contends within the Post-Christendom w ...more
While reading Kreider’s contribution to Constantine Revisited, I noticed that he had written this short book on the church’s changing conception of conversion over the first six centuries of Christian history. Kreider argues that the pre-Constantinian church differentiated itself from the non-Christian world by bringing its members through a rigorous process:


-catechesis that taught believers how to behave like Christians (interestingly, before they were considered fully a part of
Dean P.
Succinct, yet says a lot in one hundred pages. A summary look at conversion and its development in the first four hundred years of the church. Looks at Justin, Cyprian, Chrysostom, Constantine, and a few others to draw key arguments from and does a decent job doing it.
This is an interesting little book detailing how conversion and the process of making disciples changed in the time period immediately following Christ's ascencion through the coming of Christendom. The author goes on to consider the implications for these changes now in a time period of the dismantling of Christendom.
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