|7th century is late in the day. Its the preceding 700 odd years that interest me as far as the interaction between the early church in Britain and the remnants of whatever other religions there were after getting fucked by the Romans. |
Augustine's came to Britain to stamp Rome's authority on an already thriving Christian Church. He did not reintroduce Christianity. It was about the power and influence of Rome over other Christian churches. The missionary work was aimed at the Saxons. The Britons already had their Christian church. A church that was sending its own missionaries to Europe, which wasn't going down well. Why was Rome suddenly interested in Northern Europe? The schism with Constantinople. Trying to build it's own Northern power base.
Paganism wasn't doomed in these countries until the rise of Islam destroyed Christianities traditional stamping grounds of the Mediterranean. If this hadn't happened it is debatable the resources they would of poured into converting the Saxons and other Germanic people. Sorry, I keep adding to this but I find it all fascinating.
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|Posted by Robot Emperor|
20th June 2012ce