Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Dos Mil Años De Evangelización: Los Grandes Ciclos Evangelizadores

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Dos Mil Años De Evangelización: Los Grandes Ciclos Evangelizadores

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Dos Mil Años de Evangelización: Los Grandes Ciclos Evangelizadores. Edited by Enrique de la Lama, Marcelo Merino, Miguel Lluch-Baixauli, and José Enérez. [XXI Simposio Internacional de Teología de la Universidad de Navarra.] (Pamplona: Servicio Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra, Facultad de Teología de la Universidad de Navarra. 2001. Pp. xxiv, 705.)

The unceasing effort to spread the word of God is an inspiring story of heroes. The Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre has put us in its debt for offering to the reading public the results of its twenty-first international symposium on theology. Its purpose was to bring together scholars and experts, not just from Spain but also from other European countries, to discuss the progress of the Church's labor to carry out the divine injunction to "go and preach the Gospel" to all nations.

The contents of the book are classed as either "Ponencias" ("position papers") or "Comunicaciones" ("conferences"). Logically the first paper discusses the spread of the Church, despite the well-known persecution of its converts, around the Mediterranean world until the Constantinian peace, while the closing conference introduces the Christianization of the South American continent. The evangelization of Canada and the United States is included, although the emphasis is on the non-Catholic agencies concerned.

The value of the book is perhaps best expressed by one of the speakers, Bruno Neveu of the Sorbonne, who pointed out that to appreciate history or the movement of ideas-and events, of course-one must look back to earlier authors. Otherwise, one cannot claim more than a "presumptuous superficiality" (p. 341).

In all the analyses of the different mission enterprises over the years, there is an implicit hint at the necessary mission methods followed. But with such a global scope as is covered by the symposium, one would have expected at least one explicit essay on the changing methodology of the Christian missions. …

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