Review Of "The Spiritual Conversion Of The Americas" Edited By J. Muldoon

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This study is a continuation of a line of research begun in Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages (CH, Apr'98, 35-4444), also edited by Muldoon (emer., history, Rutgers). The patterns of religious conversion developed in Europe during the Middle Ages were at first the models for Catholic missionary activity in the Americas. But the New World turned out to be something quite different from the Old, and missionary strategies evolved to meet the new conditions. Meanwhile, during this same period, Protestant missionary activity developed differently. Protestants, convinced that medieval strategies had failed to produce real Christians, hoped not to repeat the same mistakes in America. This study comprises strong essays by leading scholars who are thoroughly conversant with the writings of those engaged in missionary activities in the Americas. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of and motivation for missionary activity among indigenous peoples. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and beyond.


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