On the margins of theology – VIII

25 02 2010

Protestant folk saints in Latin America

The common idea in the Catholic world is that membership in the Roman Church is a sine qua non of sanctity. In multi-confessional states, this is all the more highlighted since Catholicism is often seen to be in competition with other churches for membership and religious hegemony. There are of course exceptions. Some societies have had religious cultures that were so dominant that they can integrate “foreign” characters into themselves without many scruples. This was true of such characters as St. Isaac of Nineveh in the Christian East, as well as St. Jospahat and other “questionable” saints who may have been based on “non-Christian” characters.
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