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The Art of Listening in the Early Church$
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Carol Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641437.001.0001

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Listening in Cultural Context

Listening in Cultural Context

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The Art of Listening in the Early Church
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Carol Harrison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641437.003.0004

This chapter examines early Christian auditory culture by first discussing the work of modern cultural anthropologists and then by using it as a frame discusses Greco–Roman attitudes to the senses and sense perception. Christian attitudes are considered against this background and are shown to be double edged: the senses were understood both as a cause of the Fall and the means of salvation.

Keywords:   sense perception, auditory culture, sight, hearing, Fall, corporeal, spiritual senses, inner word

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