'We who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread':
A Theological Evaluation of Eucharistic Ecclesiology and the Practice of Community in Early Churches as expressed in Catechetical Content and Practice between AD 100-400, and its Lessons for the Contemporary Church.
In surveying the content and practice of instruction offered to new Christian converts, c.100-400, I will examine catechists' ecclesiology and prescriptions for the Church's common life with particular focus on community identity in the context of the Eucharist. From both the conceptual and "practical" teachings regarding the community's shared life, I hope to identify how early Christians understood the ways in which the disciplined practice of community life guided spiritual formation. Finally, I will discuss the challenges those values and practices present to contemporary churches in their own programs of catechesis and basic Christian formation.
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