Christianity took root in the Americas during the early modern
period when a historically unprecedented migration brought European
clergy, religious seekers, and explorers to the New World.
Protestant and Catholic settlers undertook the arduous journey for
a variety of motivations. Some fled corrupt theocracies and sought
to reclaim ancient principles and Christian ideals in a remote
unsettled territory. Others intended to glorify their home nations
and churches by bringing new lands and subjects under rule of their
kings. Many imagined the indigenous peoples they encountered as
"savages" awaiting the salvific force of Christ. Whether by overtly
challenging European religious authority and traditions or by
adapting to unforeseen hardship and resistance, these envoys
reshaped faith, liturgy, and ecclesiology and fundamentally
transformed the practice and theology of Christianity."Religious
Transformations in the Early Modern Americas" explores the impact
of colonial encounters in the Atlantic world on the history of
Christianity. Essays from across disciplines examine religious
history from a spatial perspective, tracing geographical movements
and population dispersals as they were shaped by the millennial
designs and evangelizing impulses of European empires. At the same
time, religion provides a provocative lens through which to view
patterns of social restriction, exclusion, and tension as well as
those of acculturation, accommodation, and resistance in a
comparative colonial context. Through nuanced attention to the
particularities of faith, especially Anglo-Protestant settlements
in North America and the Ibero-Catholic missions in Latin America,
"Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas"
illuminates the complexity and variety of the colonial world as it
transformed a range of Christian beliefs.Contributors Ralph Bauer,
David A. Boruchoff, Matt Cohen, Sir John Elliot, Carmen
Fernandez-Salvador, Junia Ferreira Furtado, Sandra M. Gustafson,
David D. Hall, Stephanie Kirk, Asuncion Lavrin, Sarah Rivett,
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