In the Footsteps of Peter and Paul: Modern Pioneers in Italy
Peter, Paul, Pioneers in Italy
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. 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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Properzi, Mauro, "In the Footsteps of Peter and Paul: Modern Pioneers in Italy" (2016). Faculty Publications. 3606.
Religious Studies Center
Church History and Doctrine