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Hellenization of Christianity
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Awareness of the hellenization of Christianity as a historical phenomenon in the Early Church first arose in the period of Humanism and the Reformation and was already subject to contrary evaluations then, as is evident from the comments of Erasmus (exemplary importance of cultural blending for the revival of Christian piety), of G. Budé (emphasis on the differences for fear of a relapse into paganism) and Melanchthon (a demand to preserve the purity of the gospel in view of the infiltration of philosophy immediately after the begin…

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Wyrwa, Dietmar, “Hellenization of Christianity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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