Missions and Apostles of Mediaeval Europe

Missions and Apostles of Mediaeval Europe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...dignity, with letters of commendation to Charles Martel, to the bishops of Bavaria and Alemannia, and the native chiefs of the countries where he was about to labour, Boniface recrossed the Alps, and, with the permission and protection of Charles Martel, recommenced operations in Hesse. He found that matters had not improved during his absence. Some of his converts had remained firm in the faith, but the majority, still fascinated by the spell of their old superstitions, had blended their new and old creed in a wild confusion. They still worshipped groves and fountains, still consulted augurs and cast lots, still offered sacrifice on the old altars. Boniface saw that he must take strenuous measures to convince them of the vanity of their old belief. A letter he received about this time from the Bishop of Winchester, now blind and far advanced in years, suggested caution in dealing with the primitive superstitions of the people. A Teuton himself, and writing to a Teutonic missionary, he would have him scrupulously avoid all contemptuous and violent language, and advised that he should try, above all things, to cultivate a spirit of patience and moderation. In preference to open controversy, he suggested that he should rather put such questions from time to time as would tend to rouse the people to a sense of the contradictions which their superstitions involved, especially in relation to the genealogy of their gods. "They will admit," he writes, "that the gods they worship had a beginning, that there was a time when they were not. Ask them, then, whether they consider the world also to have had a beginning, or whether it has always existed from the first commencement of things. Again, inquire who governed and sustained the...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872304
  • 9781236872302