Note: What do you think of this response offered by one Native man to a missionary on the importance of baptism?

Excerpt:

“You tell us that baptism is absolutely necessary to go to heaven. If there were a man so good that he never offended God, and if he died without baptism, would he go to hell […]? If he goes to hell, then God must not love all good people, since He throws one into the fire.”

Source:

OUELLET Réal and Marie PARENT. “Mise en scène et fonctions de la parole amérindienne dans la relation de voyage”, Transferts culturels et métissages Amérique/Europe, XVIe-XXe siècle, Les Presses de l’Université Laval, Québec, 1996, p.301.

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