QA 9/15/20 This “early” church is a couple centuries after Acts.

Zach Waldis
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“The early church drew heavily on the concept of Christianity as a “way,” distinct from other forms of social life because of its orientation to the kingdom of God as the true telos of human life. New Christians were expected to spend an entire year (and in some cases as many as three years) preparing for baptism.” Kind of goes against “drive in” baptism…….

David Oliver Kueker
An alternative view: This “early” church is a couple centuries after Acts. Worth pointing out.
A major concern of the current Organic church movement is that by this time they were thoroughly institutionalized, sold out through the compromise with Constantine in 313.
Matthew 16:6 Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
11 How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.
You can already see the leaven at work in the compromise of the Jesus message by the time of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, with the Judaizers.
A good reference for the history of the actual “early church” …
https://smile.amazon.com/Triumph-Christianity-Movement-Largest-Religion-ebook/dp/B005C6IJZA/ref=sr_1_4?crid=QFPRLB1IA99M&dchild=1&keywords=rodney+stark+the+rise+of+christianity&qid=1600190073&sprefix=rodney+stark%2Caps%2C209&sr=8-4
A Wikipedia article explaining catechesis …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catechesis

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