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Conclusion: The French Jesuit Mission Revisited

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This is the concluding chapter of this book, which aims to seek a fresh interpretation of the Jesuit mission to New France in the light of the earlier Iberian experience in Japan. The book makes it clear that Christianity meant several things to Amerindian converts. Christianity, with its divine grace, was the key to access to worldly benefits and social services. Christianity also replaced the traditional hereditary tie to indigenous society with a new tie only available through Christian prayers and sacraments. The Christian religion was believed to provide a supernatural healing and killing power that Amerindians expected on the basis of their own non-Christian beliefs. The book identifies one dominant factor that helps to explain the meaning of conversion. The Jesuit approach was adjusted to suit Amerindians and was the primary determinant for the acceptance and comprehension of Christianity.

Keywords: Amerindians; Christianity; Japan; Jesuit Mission; New France



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