The Church of the Dead By Jennifer Scheper Hughes

  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Release date: 08-03-21

The Church of the Dead AudioBook Summary

Tells the story of the founding of American Christianity against the backdrop of devastating disease and of the Indigenous survivors who kept the nascent faith alive.

Many scholars have come to think of the European Christian mission to the Americas as an inevitable success. But in its early period it was very much on the brink of failure. In 1576, Indigenous Mexican communities suffered a catastrophic epidemic that took almost two million lives and simultaneously left the colonial church in ruins. In the crisis and its immediate aftermath, Spanish missionaries and surviving pueblos de indios held radically different visions for the future of Christianity in the Americas.


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