Title

In the Footsteps of Peter and Paul: Modern Pioneers in Italy

Keywords

Peter, Paul, Pioneers in Italy

Abstract

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines pioneer in two ways: (1) A person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity, and (2) One of the first to settle in a territory.[1] The emphasis is different, but the two meanings share a common core: they both involve newness, either in thought or location, and movement, both with and toward this very newness. Since the “new” is often resisted and even opposed, the associated implication is that challenges, courage, and determination will often accompany the pursuit of the thought or location in question. These obstacles give rise to the need for strong communities that share the same pioneering goal and the need for wise leaders in these same communities, leaders who act as beacons through these challenging pursuits. In short, pioneering efforts can be exhilarating and highly rewarding, but they require constant exertion, endurance, and willful cooperation.

Original Publication Citation

Mauro Properzi, “In the Footsteps of Peter and Paul: Modern Pioneers in Italy,” Religious Educator, 17:2 (2016), 139-161.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Religious Studies Center

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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