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St. Francis of AmericaHow a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint$
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Patricia Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623740

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623740.001.0001

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Into the Future

Into the Future

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(p.169) Chapter Nine Into the Future
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St. Francis of America
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Patricia Appelbaum

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623740.003.0010

This chapter looks at the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Although any assessment of recent history is necessarily tentative, three trends seem likely to continue. The first is the construction of Francis as a saint for the postmodern age, comfortable with flux and uncertainty. The second trend presents Francis as a messenger to Islam and an exemplar of interfaith dialogue, since Francis is said to have visited a Muslim military leader with peaceful intent. The third trend is the continuing tendency to attribute appealing quotes and aphorisms to Francis, without documentation. Here the chapter reflects on questions of history and folklore. Sources in this chapter include emerging-church writer Ian Morgan Cron, essayist Gretel Ehrlich, and contemporary icon writer Robert Lentz.

Keywords:   postmodern, Islam, interfaith dialogue, aphorisms, folklore, Gretel Ehrlich, Robert Lentz, emerging church, icon

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