Date of Award
Master of Arts
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The seventh through the tenth centuries witnessed a great expansion of the Roman Catholic Church to the north into lands that were partially or completely pagan. As one of the great missionary periods of the Church it demands the attention of the Church historian. As an important step in the civilization of Europe it demands the attention of the secular historian, as an expression of the contemporary doctrine of the nature of the Church and what is essential for the expansion of that Church into other cultures, it demands the attention of the theologian. The importance of this period for these three fields of study imposes a strong obligation upon the one studying it to be aware of all of his presuppositions in each of these three fields. Only such an awareness will produce the measure of objectivity demanded for the honest understanding that is the aim of the scholar.
Crawford, Albert, "The Conception of the Proper Work of a Missionary in the Correspondence of Boniface" (1961). Masters Theses. 3720.