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Non-Christians during the middle ages and reformation

  • As an example of migration of the Franciscans, this article pursues the effects of their idea of mission: acquisition and transfer of knowledge concerning non-Christians in the communication of missionaries, using the examples of journeys to Mongolia or the encounter with indigenous peoples in the New World (Aztecs). These friars wanted to teach non-Christians rather than subjugate them. The context of religion and migration resulted in a "boom" of inculturation. And the same context shows the way the Franciscans claimed their identity as well as their struggle, how Franciscans connected pastoral care with recognition of the cultural and religious plurality of Christendom. They embodied what it could mean to say: "our monastery is the world".

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Author:Heinz-Dieter Heimann
ISSN:0018-2621 (print)
Parent Title (German):Historisches Jahrbuch
Place of publication:Freiburg Breisgau
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
First Page:9
Last Page:26
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Historisches Institut
Peer Review:Referiert