Flagler College Professor of Religion Timothy Johnson has published his third text of the year.
Aug. 26, 2013
After successfully planning a March conference on the same subject, Flagler College Professor of Religion Timothy Johnson has published his third text of the year, “From La Florida to La California: Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands.”
Published by the Academy of American Franciscan History, the book highlights the history and the role the Franciscans played in bringing the Christian faith to the North American continent.
“Although the Franciscan missions in California have been popularized in American culture, the friars were in Florida 200 years before California,” said Johnson. “As a matter of fact, their headquarters were in the current National Guard building on St. Augustine’s bay front.”
Johnson’s book contains essays from scholars from several countries on both sides of the Atlantic.
Johnson says Flagler College will host another conference in March of 2014 focusing on the indigenous peoples who encountered the Franciscans and will include representatives from the Navaho and Hopi nations.
In 2013, Johnson also published “The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer, and Union with God” (Franciscan Institute Press) and “Franciscans and Preaching” (Brill Academic Press).