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

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

James C. Russell


whereas historians of Christianity have more often than not stated some extent of Germanic impression within the improvement of early medieval Christianity, Russell is going extra, arguing for a basic Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. this primary full-scale remedy of the topic follows a really interdisciplinary process, utilising to the early medieval interval a sociohistorical strategy just like that which has already confirmed fruitful in explicating the background of Early Christianity and past due Antiquity. The stumble upon of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from in the better context of the stumble upon of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" spiritual hobbies. whereas the 1st a part of the e-book develops a normal version of spiritual transformation for such encounters, the second one half applies this version to the Germano-Christian state of affairs. Russell exhibits how a Christian missionary coverage of transitority lodging inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

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