Okay, I'll elaborate and I'm not trying to incite a religious war
> [snip] The other thing to realize, is that Christianity in Early Medieval
>Europe is very different in its outlook and values than any Christian religion
>today (despite what the Catholic Church says).
My basic point is that in the Early medieval period, the Church was far from
having a uniform and set doctrine , say as the Catholic or Anglican Church
has today. The Catholic church, which claims it was the "church" in the
Early Medieval period, doesn't believe in abortion or artificial birth control
today. In the EM (Early Medieval period) this wasn't an issue; once the
Vikings were Christianized, they were still alllowed to expose children so long
as the child had not been named--or so say s the sagas. The Irish kings were
able to have multiple wives and their offspring were considered legitimate.
If John Boswell is right, the church at one point in its history okayed
My overall point is, from teaching courses on Early medieval ireland, people all
to often vbring what they know of Christianity to the course and assume it was
that way in the past. Its not the case. Also, the Vatican seems to want to
portray a very rigid and unchanging stance on morality--it wasn't that
way either--for whatever reason they turned a blind eye to what a lot of
the nobility did in Early medieval Europe.
Later, Mark Hall [log in to unmask]