De waardering van heidense religie in het Nieuwe Testament in relatie tot de kerstening van Noord-Nederland

Translated title of the contribution: The appreciation of gentile religion in the New Testament in relation to the Christianization of the Northern Netherlands

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Abstract

The appreciation of gentile religion according to the New Testament in relation to the Christianization of the Northern Netherlands

The New Testament epistles and Acts are critical about gentile religion, although Rom. 2:14-15 introduces gentiles who do by nature what the law requires and Kol. 1:27 might mean that Christ is mysteriously present among them. Ambrose’s and Augustine’s reception of these nuances is briefly assessed. In a few testimonies to the missionary work in the Northern Netherlands gentile virtuousness is acknowledged. Attention is paid to the Frankish imperialism that backed the missionaries and to the absence of such support in Ireland, where missionaries were more inclined to acknowledge natural goodness among gentiles.
Translated title of the contributionThe appreciation of gentile religion in the New Testament in relation to the Christianization of the Northern Netherlands
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)46-60
Number of pages15
JournalKerk en Theologie
Volume73
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Gentile religion in the New Testament;
  • Augustine
  • Christianization of Northern Netherlands
  • Ambrose of Milan
  • gentile virtuousness

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