Lesson 1 (from Chapter I, The Medieval Mind)
Manchester discusses the difficulty in teaching new religion to those that believe in paganism or other religions. Learn about paganism and how it affected the Christian church.
1. Examine the role of those charged with attempting to teach and convert pagans. What was their role? Why was it important to convert those of other religions? What was the reaction of non-Christians?
2. Christianity was infiltrated by paganism and idol worship resumed after early Christians resisted it. It was clear that paganism and other cultures had much deeper roots than the Christian church. In order to appease, and eventually convert, the pagans and other alternative practitioners, the Church did its best to integrate pagan practices, buildings, rites and holidays into its doctrine. Discuss this tactic made by the Christian church as well as its effectiveness.
3. There were many tribes and cultures that were most likely not Christian and...
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