Fitzgerald, Allan Books

Conversion Through Penance in the Italian Church of the Fourth and Fifth Centuries New Approaches to the Experience of Conversion From Sin
1988 0-88946-615-7
Reviews penance within the context of the spirituality of the time. By relating the attitudes toward penance and pardon in those days to the changing social position of the Christian community, this study reveals that a new understanding of penance developed as an integral part of the development of the role of the Church in leading sinners to healing and holiness.