> I am afraid that in this respect, medieval Christians were not
> very open minded to any other religious traditions than their own.
What do you make of John Carey's essay "The Baptism of the Gods"
(in _A Single Ray of the Sun_, 1999, http://celticstudies.com/)?
Carey argues that some medieval Irish clerics were unwilling
to completely turn their backs on, and forget, their old gods.
Rather, they attempted to find a benign explanation for them
in terms of the new religion, an explanation that was based
neither on demonization nor euhemerism (the usual orthodox
strategies in these matters): to "baptize" them into the
Christian faith, as it were, and in so doing to rescue the
rich lore and literature in which the old gods appear.
If you are not familiar with Carey's article, I can try to
summarize some of its interesting examples and arguments for
you. But not tonight. I'm nodding and it's time for me to
go to my nest.