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

James C. Russell

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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 C. Russell The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation 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 German

  • Title: The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation
  • Author: James C. Russell
  • ISBN: 9780195104660
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation By James C. Russell 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 sociohiWhile 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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    1. Dan on said:

      This review appeared in Idunna 78 Winter, 2008 storeslu thetrothI first heard tell of this book at one of Dan O Halloran s talks at Trothmoot and confused it with a reference from Kurt Oertel s two articles on Arbogast in Idunna 61 62 2004 I see now, checking my Idunnas, that Oertel didn t list Russell s book as a reference, but I m very glad I had such a somewhat misplaced great interest in reading The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity If, after reading the title of the book, you imm [...]

    2. J.M. Hushour on said:

      Nothing is as clear cut as B Wers might have it, especially when it comes to religion and its emergence and development in history People who deny the fuzziness are typically blase panhandlers of depthless who can t be bothered with nuance and nowhere in historical study is this glaring than with the emergence of that singular, peculiar and oh so special snowflake of a religion as Christianity.Russell does much to muddy this up and it s a welcome achievement The basic idea of the book is straig [...]

    3. Pedro Nobre on said:

      Concise, superbly well researched The heavy footnoting throughout the book should help the reader build an extensive to read list about the topic.

    4. Helle on said:

      Refreshlingly cerebral, and well grounded, in a world where so much is written on this subject in pure unfounded fluff and fairytale.

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