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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

(p.178) Concluding Remarks
Ritual and Christian Beginnings

Risto Uro

Oxford University Press

‘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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