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Exploring the novelty of Christianity:  How much did Christianity own to the Pagan tradition?  


The events that led to the conversion of Pagans all over the world to Christianity show various things.  One could say that Christianity adopted countless ideas from Paganism.  This shows the beginning of Christian hypocrisy, which is mostly noted at its adoption and, to an extent tolerance, of numerous Pagan traditions albeit the oppressive restrictions and punishments forced upon the Pagans.  It must be remembered that during the Middle Ages the only branch of Christianity in Western Europe was Catholicism, a very narrow and arguably, quite a literal interpretation of the Bible.  The religion took more than millennia to penetrate the hearts and souls of the peoples of Europe.

This topic is exceedingly interesting because, as with all history, it has a great effect on the present.  There are many small traditions that perpetuate today of which their origins remain quite unknown.  Some of these will be looked at.  An important factor in studying a topic such as this, is to note that most of the written documentation of Paganism, also known as the "medievalist's daily bread", was lost due to the Church’s zealous acts of destroying Pagan materials. This makes an analysis of the epoch quite difficult, meaning that knowledge of Paganism today is what is left over from an oral tradition and movement that was forced underground and from limited references to be found in medieval texts.  The Middle Ages harbored many contrasting sentiments.  Some felt it was "a time of blood and terror" but others, most of them writers who at the time were clerics, either felt that the end of the world and judgment day imminent  while others were speaking of "a delight for humankind" and the famous quote by a Burgundian monk,  "the world then shook off the dust from its old vestments, and the earth was covered in a white robe of churches".  

Christianity is one of the three world religions in today, having followers everywhere.  However, individuals are starting to feel the need for an alternative inspiration with which to lead their lives.  Has Christianity's sell by date passed or is it upcoming? These aspects of religion will be looked on the page entitled "Today".  Each of the pages will look at different areas of life where the Christians had place to incorporate Pagan tradition  into their new religion, making links between the theologies and drawing conclusions.    "Nature" will look at the various Pagan inclinations to nature and their reverence of it.  As the title expresses, the page on "Women" will deal with the treatment and position of women  in both mentalities.  "Gods" will discuss the vision and the symbolism of the Gods to both the Pagans and the Christians.  The page on "Idolatry" is concerned with the actual veneration of these gods through idols and relics and the religious holydays that are dedicated to the gods.  The page on "Wealth" deals with the churches use and misuse of money. "Ceremonies" deals with the evident relationship between the Pagan ceremonies/stories and the Christians ones.  The miscellaneous page will look at contingent yet relevant information in relation to both theologies and their underlying similarities.