In pursuit of this thesis, the book examines data derived from a wide range of sources, including medical texts, chronicles detailing historical events, legends of miracles of the Virgin Mother Mary, hagiography, martyrdom accounts of children, and theological texts written for a broader, more popular authence. Chapter 2 carefully attends and explicates debates between "orthodox" and "heretical" Christian groups about the necessity of infant baptism in light of varying views of the doctrine of original sin (a more detailed discussion of the correlation between developing heresies and Catholic responses during that time is provided in an appendix).
"A Tender Age": Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteen... Cornelia B Horn Church History; Mar 2010; 79, 1; Docstoc pg. 195
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