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Author Reff, Daniel T., 1949-

Title Plagues, priests, and demons : sacred narratives and the rise of Christianity in the Old World and the New / Daniel T. Reff
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 290 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction -- Epidemic disease and the rise of Christianity in Europe, 150-800 CE -- The rise of Christianity in the New World: the Jesuit missions of Colonial Mexico, 1591-1660 -- The relevance of Early Christian literature to missionaries in Colonial Latin America -- Conclusion
Summary Plagues, Priests, and Demons is a comparative, interdisciplinary study of the rise of Christianity in the late Roman Empire and colonial Mexico. Analysis of early Christian and Spanish missionary texts reveals that epidemic disease undermined pre-Christian societies, encouraging pagan and Indian interest in new forms of social and religious life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-279) and index
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Subject 880-01 Jesuits -- Missions -- Mexico -- History.
880-01 Jγ̐ưesuites -- Missions -- Mexico -- History.
Communicable Diseases -- history.
Christianity -- history.
Disease Outbreaks -- history.
History, Ancient.
History, Medieval.
History, Modern 1601-
Religious Missions -- history.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Communicable diseases -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History
Missions -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Mexico -- Church history.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004045759
ISBN 0511080247 (electronic bk.)
0511081006 (electronic bk.)
0511121814 (electronic bk.)
0511511752 (electronic bk.)
9780511080241 (electronic bk.)
9780511081002 (electronic bk.)
9780511121814 (electronic bk.)
9780511511752 (electronic bk.)