Christianity’s Mission

Christian missionaries that set out to convert the Germanic tribes had to face good and difficult times through their efforts to change a distinct culture, using logical or brutal force when necessary. As shown in a primary source written by the monk Venerable Bede; a letter from the Pope Gregory I to one of his highly respected missionaries shows how intelligence played a role in the way missionaries preached in the Germanic lands. A passage from Bede’s history also includes a council meeting held by King Edwin to seek approval for the switch to Christianity. Another interesting source I will be analyzing will come from the passage that Bishop Daniel of Winchester writes to Saint ...

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Europe, called for serious thought on how they were to accomplish this mission. It is easy to see this when examining a letter written by Pope Gregory I to a missionary leader, Augustine of Canterbury. In one section of the letter, the Pope states, “For it is certainly impossible to eradicate all errors from obstinate minds at one stroke, and whoever wishes to climb to a mountain top climbs gradually step by step, and not in one leap.” (Pope Gregory I, 202). Here we are able to observe that the leaders at the time of these missions to Germanic Peoples are very logical thinkers concerning their situation that they reside in. Logical in that they are proficient enough in the understanding of these foreign outside tribes. The Pope says himself that it is a step by step process and in order for the Christian faith to be integrated into Germanic culture there has to be a common perseverance in the missionaries that will be spreading the word of Jesus’ teachings. The only ...

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