The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation
The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation  -     By: James Russell
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While historians of Christianity have generally acknowledged some degree of Germanic influence in the development of early medieval Christianity, Russel goes further, arguing for a fundamental Germanic reinterperatation of Christianity. He utilizes recent developments in sociobiology, anthropology, and psychology to help explain this pivotal transformation of the West. This book will interest all who wish to further their understanding of Christianity and Western civilization.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 258
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9.20 X 6.10 X 0.80 (inches)
ISBN: 0195104668
ISBN-13: 9780195104660

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While historians of Christianity have generally acknowledged some degree of Germanic influence in the development of early medieval Christianity, Russell goes further, arguing for a fundamental Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. This first full-scale treatment of the subject follows a truly interdisciplinary approach, applying to the early medieval period a sociohistorical method similar to that which has already proven fruitful in explicating the history of Early Christianity and Late Antiquity. The encounter of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from within the larger context of the encounter of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" religious movements. While the first part of the book develops a general model of religious transformation for such encounters, the second part applies this model to the Germano-Christian scenario. Russell shows how a Christian missionary policy of temporary accommodation inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

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