Chapter

Retrospective

Nicholas P. Cushner

in Why Have You Come Here?

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195307566
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195307569.003.0011
 Retrospective

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What was the appeal to Christianity if Native Americans received spiritual security and emotional satisfaction from their own belief systems? In the light of varying degrees of success throughout the Americas, did the Native American hear the same thing when Europeans spoke of God, creation, heaven or hell? The methods used to attract the Native American, coercion, the Devil, and the conflicts between Agricultural vs. Hunter-Gatherer societies, are part of the explanation of why Native America for the most part accepted the new religion.

Keywords: Christianity; belief systems; Native America; new religion

Chapter.  3562 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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