So how were Christians made? By a process of formation that, as time progressed, was increasingly self-conscious. It was rooted in the habitus of the communities – their reflexive behavior. It was embodied knowledge rooted in predispositions that guided the Christians’ common life and expressed themselves in practices. These predispositions shaped worship practices that became essential, formative parts of the communities’ habitus. These predispositions also expressed themselves in concentrated form in the initiation process culminating in baptism that formed the candidates for communal membership.
The Patient Ferment Of The Early Church, Alan Kreider