The Question (ID Number 741)...
...and the response:Though the work of missionaries certainly served "the goal of Western Civilization expansion," the missionaries themselves didn't think of it this way (nor did those who sent them out); their desire to "save souls" was genuine. I can't pick out a specific date when "saving souls" became an organized enterprise. It certainly gained tremendous momentum when the Age of Discovery brought to light so many aboriginal ("unsaved") peoples.
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