The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation / Edition 1

The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation / Edition 1

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 transformation of Christianity. This first full-scale treatment of the subject follows a truly interdisciplinary approach, applying to the early medieval period a… See more details below

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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 transformation 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. Applying insights from the behavioral sciences and Indo-European studies to analyze this pivotal transformation of the West, this book will interest students and scholars of religion, history, sociology, and social psychology, as well as those who wish to further their understanding of the history of Christianity and of Western civilization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195104660
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction3
Pt. IToward a Model of Religious Transformation
1Transformations of Christianity11
2Conversion, Christianization, and Germanization26
3Sociohistorical Aspects of Religious Transformation45
4Sociopsychological Aspects of Religious Transformation81
Pt. IIThe Germanic Transformation of Christianity
5Germanic Religiosity and Social Structure107
6Germanization and Christianization: 376-678134
7Germanization and Christianization: 678-754183
Conclusion209
Bibliography215
Index249

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