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Conclusion: Communitization and the Search for a Standpoint

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Socialization is understood as a process that tends to reflect purposively rational and mechanical principles, while communitization is explained on the basis of an affective consensus. Since early Christianity was a communitarian religion, which prevailed as a voluntary association in a world of civil religions standardized by the state, communitization plays a special role vis-à-vis socialization. If institutionalization is understood as an element of socialization, one can assume a relative distance separating the "everyday Christians" of the Lycus Valley from their ecclesiastical superiors. As a rule, authorities not associated with the increasingly established hierarchy including some who were constructed (or reconstructed) retroactively insured a greater affinity. The Lycus Valley presents us with an interesting constellation precisely because ideas and practices of Christians outside the churches emerged and left sufficient traces, especially in the context of pagan cults, to allow comparisons.

Keywords: communitization; early Christianity; Lycus Valley; pagan cults; socialization



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