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Old November 14th, 2019 #1
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Re-reading this post of Sartt and my response gave me the idea for this thread https://vnnforum.com/showthread.php?...04#post2285204

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It took a while to christianise Europe . .

One part was done by missionaries, another part by steel . .


Especially the Franks under Carolus Magnus christianised the Germanic space.

Carolus Magnus ( Charlemagne ) had good relations to the Pope in Rome . . a 'latinised' Germanic . .

The Franks began christianising the Germanic realm.

The biggest problem he had with the Saxons.

So . . due to Charlemagne a big part of Central Europe was christianised. The Franks took the leadership over the rest of the Germanic tribes of Central-Europe.

The slavic sphere took over Orthodoxy due to missonaries . .

( it is visible by the fact that Western Europe took over the Latin alphabet and Eastern Europe the Cyrillic one that Western Europe became Christian due to Rome and Eastern Europe especially via a missionary called Cyrill . .).

On the British Isles it also was difficult. In the beginning Celtic people didn't want something to do with Christianity , later they coverted.

( their original religion was 'Wicca' which should later become known as 'witchcraft' , the belief in Celtic priestesses known as 'Wiccas' = 'wise women' )

A lot of people still held on to their druid-beliefs though . .

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Scandinavia . . for along time also no interest in Christianity ,later . .yes . .

The last scandinavian country and in fact the last European country as such to convert to christianity was Iceland.

Before that , of course ,Paganism ruled.

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Well . . the Christianisation of Europe sure was bloody.

On the other hand , it formed one European 'block' . .

For a long time the people in Europe whether they were from France , England or Germany et al didn't even see themselves as inhabitants of a certain nation but as *Christians* ( the idea of national states came later even though even back then there were borders . . but christianity was more or less the 'custom' for all of Europe )

In fact at that time Christianity was much more eurocentric.

Jesus was thought to have been European/Germanic-looking ( that's the way he was portrayed back then ) . . and people thought eurocentrically.

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Well , today Christianity takes a back-role in the West.

The U.S.A. though are a country where Christianity is still held up high by many.

Christianity sure has become multicultural.

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As opposed to the old times . .

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. . just a little historical breakdown concerning the Christianisation of Europe.






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Old November 14th, 2019 #2
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I once heard that the people of Iceland only seemingly took over christianity or the likes

Also...may I ask is your post meant pro or anti Christian?

Why that video?
 
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I once heard that the people of Iceland only seemingly took over christianity or the likes
On the outside they took it over but it was decided that whoever still wanted to attend the old ways could do so in private . . that was decided in an old Germanic 'thing' ('coming together') style.


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Also...may I ask is your post meant pro or anti Christian?
. . neither pro- nor anti . . purely historical.


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Why that video?
. . old Coldy is large on embedding vids . . thought you knew that . .

. . as for that particular video , here is the story behind it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Se...ng#Music_video
 
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Well, the christianisation of Europe surely must have been just as bloody as it was when the arabs converted other people to islam . . people like the egyptians and the persians weren't muslims but were converted . .
 
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