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

By James C. Russell

Whereas historians of Christianity have regularly stated 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 remedy of the topic follows a very interdisciplinary strategy, utilizing to the early medieval interval a sociohistorical technique just like that which has already confirmed fruitful in explicating the historical past of Early Christianity and overdue Antiquity. The come 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" non secular events. whereas the 1st a part of the publication develops a normal 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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