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Risto Uro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661176.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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(p.178) Concluding Remarks
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Ritual and Christian Beginnings
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Risto Uro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661176.003.0008

‘Concluding remarks’ summarizes the three ways in which the analyses of the book contribute to the scholarship on Christian beginnings. First, the socio-cognitive approach developed in the book highlights how ritual invention, such as John’s immersion rite, functioned as catalysts for the early Christian movement. Second, the socio-cognitive theories of ritual can enrich and to some degree correct previous research, based on social-scientific theories and models; for example, by providing a more realistic picture of ritual healing and spirit possession in early Christianity. Finally, the book champions a new theoretical insight into Christian beginnings based on findings in embodied and extended cognition, and provides a model of ritual’s capacity to convey both intuitive and explicit knowledge.

Keywords:   Christian origins, Christian beginnings, socio-cognitive approach, ritual invention, Social-Scientific Interpretation, embodied cognition, extended cognition

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