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


“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.”


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.