The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation

By James C. Russell

Whereas historians of Christianity have usually said some extent of Germanic impact within the improvement of early medieval Christianity, Russell is going extra, arguing for a primary Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. this primary full-scale therapy of the topic follows a very interdisciplinary process, employing to the early medieval interval a sociohistorical technique just like that which has already confirmed fruitful in explicating the background of Early Christianity and overdue Antiquity. The stumble upon of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from in the better context of the come upon of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" spiritual activities. whereas the 1st a part of the booklet develops a basic version of non secular transformation for such encounters, the second one half applies this version to the Germano-Christian state of affairs. Russell indicates how a Christian missionary coverage of transitority lodging inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

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