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Missionary Eschatology and the Politics of Certainty

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.003.0007
Missionary Eschatology and the Politics of Certainty

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This chapter examines the role of purgatory in Anglo-Saxon writings (especially those of Boniface) and in missionary eschatology. It discusses how pagan and Christian beliefs about the afterlife were represented by contemporaries, and how they have been represented by scholars and archaeologists. It examines the role played by the limitations of the Christian afterlife during the Frisian mission and in King Radbod’s failed conversion. This chapter also considers the relative appeal of ideas about purgatory, universal salvation, and posthumous salvation in a missionary environment.

Keywords: Boniface; Radbod; Frisian mission; missionary eschatology; pagan afterlife; universal salvation; purgatory; posthumous salvation

Chapter.  7033 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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