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The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity : A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation - James C. Russell

The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity

A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation

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Published: 13th January 1994
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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.

"A provocative and admirable work."--Choice "Fascinating. It is a very important contribution to the growing awareness of the bright light of the 'Dark' Ages."--Ronald Murphy, Georgetown University "There is far more to the book than simply a demonstration that Christianity was powerfully influenced by Germanic--and by extension, Indo-European--'world-accepting' religious ideas at a crucial phase in its evolution. Indeed, Russell develops a general model of religious change that ought to be of interest to anyone concerned with the sociology (or anthropology) of belief systems per se, let alone the history of the Church."--C. Scott Littleton, Occidental College "An intelligent synthesis of observations from a wide range of anthropological, historical, and other literature....An overarching schema that identifies and explains important Germanic contributions to Christendom."--Catholic Historical Review "A provocative and admirable work."--Choice "Fascinating. It is a very important contribution to the growing awareness of the bright light of the 'Dark' Ages."--Ronald Murphy, Georgetown University "There is far more to the book than simply a demonstration that Christianity was powerfully influenced by Germanic--and by extension, Indo-European--'world-accepting' religious ideas at a crucial phase in its evolution. Indeed, Russell develops a general model of religious change that ought to be of interest to anyone concerned with the sociology (or anthropology) of belief systems per se, let alone the history of the Church."--C. Scott Littleton, Occidental College "An intelligent synthesis of observations from a wide range of anthropological, historical, and other literature....An overarching schema that identifies and explains important Germanic contributions to Christendom."--Catholic Historical Review

Abbreviations
Introductionp. 3
Toward a Model of Religious Transformation
Transformations of Christianityp. 11
Conversion, Christianization, and Germanizationp. 26
Sociohistorical Aspects of Religious Transformationp. 45
Sociopsychological Aspects of Religious Transformationp. 81
The Germanic Transformation of Christianity
Germanic Religiosity and Social Structurep. 107
Germanization and Christianization: 376-678p. 134
Germanization and Christianization: 678-754p. 183
Conclusionp. 209
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780195076967
ISBN-10: 0195076966
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th January 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.54