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The "Christianization" of the home is taken up here by examining the specific problem of Christian ritual and ritual spaces on the rural estate. It is argued that most worship in rural villas took place outside ecclesiastical supervision or intervention, and instead was shaped by older seigniorial hierarchies. It was this particular sociology of worship that brought domestic worship under episcopal scrutiny. The dissonance between seigniorial and ecclesiastical social structures might leave Christian estates outside episcopally-centered communities, suggesting that the "Christianization" of the rural home might be an ambiguous, fissiparous process rather than a seamless cultural transformation.
Copyright © 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Early Christian Studies, 15:2 (2007), 143-170. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Bowes, K. (2007). “Christianization” and the Rural Home. Journal of Early Christian Studies, 15 (2), 143-170. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/earl.2007.0029
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