The amazing growth of the early church

Show simple item record Dreyer, Willem Akkerhuys (Wim) 2013-07-15T07:15:17Z 2013-07-15T07:15:17Z 2012-11-02
dc.description.abstract The church grew rapidly during the first centuries. The question is: Why? Generations of scholars approached this question from different perspectives and with different methods. Historical research, analysis of early Christian texts and theological reflection were the most common methods used to shed light on the growth of the church. In this contribution five different models of growth were discussed, using the approach of A.M. Schor as a point of departure. These models of church growth were put under the headings of an apostolic mission model, values reproduction model, social reaction model, network model with an institutional model added. en
dc.description.librarian am2013 en
dc.description.librarian mn2013
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dc.identifier.citation Dreyer, W.A., 2012, ‘The amazing growth of the early church’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 68(1), Art. #1268, 7 pages. 10.4102/hts.v68i1.1268 en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v68i1.1268
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en
dc.rights © 2012. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Church growth en
dc.title The amazing growth of the early church en
dc.type Article en

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