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4. Teaching the Creed
The Theology of the Catechetical Homilies
Theodore’s language of education
This layered application of pedagogical language recurs throughout Theodore’s sermons on the creed and testifies to his emphasis on catechesis as an educational system.
Memory and repetition
The Rhetoric of Simplicity
Recognizing the potential burden presented by these difficult topics, Theodore reminded the catechumens of his efforts to compartmentalize his presentation and to give them manageable amounts to internalize during the course of a single sermon. In doing so, he also articulated his expectation that they would indeed learn and retain what he taught them.
Behind Paul’s declaration of his own simplicity lies the idea that it would have been potentially deceptive if he had used clever speech or sought to woo his audience with sophistication. Humility and simplicity were preferable. Indeed they offered a proof of the truth of Paul’s message.
Sharing the Mind of the Community
With this kind of repetition, Theodore sought to leave the impression that the doctrine of the creed simply flowed naturally from one point to the next.