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Social thought featured prominently in the early church’s theology. Rather than a byproduct, it was central to early Christian eschatology and soteriology (Rhee, 2012). The imitation of Christ (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey) involved adopting the right attitudes toward God and, connected inseparably with this, toward the neighbor. The centrality of social issues is manifested by the sheer number of patristic texts devoted to them. One modern anthology (Sier…

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Hengstmengel, Joost W., “Wealth”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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