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Heaven's PurgePurgatory in Late Antiquity$
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Isabel Moreira

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.001.0001

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Missionary Eschatology and the Politics of Certainty

Missionary Eschatology and the Politics of Certainty

(p.177) 7 Missionary Eschatology and the Politics of Certainty
Heaven's Purge

Isabel Moreira

Oxford University Press

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

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