A Brief History of Saints
A Brief History of Saints follows the rise of the cult of saints in Christianity from its origin in the age of the martyrs down to the present day.
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1 The Saint Beginnings
2 The Bureaucratization of Sanctity
3 Reformations Protestant and Catholic
4 Towards the Modern World
5 The Twentieth Century
6 The Saints World Religions and the Future
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