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Missionary Practices and Spanish Steel: The Evolution of Apostolic Mission in the Context of New Spain Conquests
An investigation into the roots of Christian mission as it developed into the field of Christian missiology in the chaotic, terrible, and incredibly diverse three-hundred-year Spanish conquest of North American indigenous nations. This is more than just a history of the friars' missionary movement. It explores how the Spanish Catholic missionaries approached their work, ...more
Hardcover, First, 345 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by iUniverse, Inc., Bloomington
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Though we often think of the Spanish Conquistador as being the primary force for cause/effect in the formation of North American cultural expressions, it is surprising to note that disease and geography were so instrumental in shaping what we have become as a nation, or group of nations on the North American Continent. Given the context in which the friars had to labor, it is amazing they were ever able to accomplish any of their goals as cultural change agents and Christian missionaries. They ...more