‘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.
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