The dramatic influence of Christianity on the Western Hemisphere was never more profound than in the era of colonization and expansion that began with Columbus and continued through the American Revolution. Christianity Comes to the Americas examines the many powerful religious forces that shaped American culture and society in Canada and the ...Read MoreThe dramatic influence of Christianity on the Western Hemisphere was never more profound than in the era of colonization and expansion that began with Columbus and continued through the American Revolution. Christianity Comes to the Americas examines the many powerful religious forces that shaped American culture and society in Canada and the Mississippi Valley (French Catholicism), in British America (Protestantism), and in Mexico and Central and South America (Portuguese and Spanish Catholicism). The separate narratives chronicle the forces of schism, reformation, and politics that motivated Europeans to make their westward voyages. It reconstructs the sailing routes; the missions and convents; the guiding personalities; the disputes over doctrine, politics, and slavery; and the evolution of the various forms of American Christianity. Three distinguished historians retell, from the vantage point of the latest historical scholarship, the stories that began in late medieval Europe and came to a conclusive turning point near the end of the eighteenth century: The growth of Protestantism in British America The expansion of French Catholicism in Canada and the Mississippi Valley The spread of Spanish and Portuguese Catholicism in Ibero-America This comprehensive historical survey is sensitive to the twentieth-century issues that were spawned in the New World by colonial practices: slavery, ecological imbalance, isolationism, xenophobia, regional independence movements as in Quebec, and the abuse of Native American rights.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-12-06 Three Canadian religion professors track the early development of Christianity in the Americas in a clear, succinct format appealing to general readers. Spain, France and Britain, we're shown, combined colonization and evangelization in differing styles, each described in one of three sections. Lippy contributes ``Iberian Catholicism Comes to the Americas''; Choquette, ``French Catholicism Comes to the Americas''; Poole, ``Christianity Comes to British America.'' The authors evenhandedly describe the often dramatic, violent and convoluted Christianization of the New World up to the American Revolution. The magnitude and complexity of missionary activity, the gaps between evangelizers and evangelized and the dark thread of slavery in mission history are featured. In this account, replete with villainy and heroism, the many strands of Christianity prefigure the pluralism of today. (Jan.)
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