Interesting blog article CJ Adrien which highlights that while Christianity’s spread into “heathen” Scandinavian during the Viking Age was seen as an “advancement”, then on a number of fronts this can be questioned. The blog lists 3 examples:
- Grooming – Vikings actually has a high level of personal grooming (contrary to some stories), however Christianity actually considered this a sign vanity and so personal cleanliness actually deteriorated!
- Religious tolerance – To the Vikings, Christ was another god among many – which the conversion to Christianity meant worship of other gods than Christ would not be tolerated.
- Separation of state and church – For the Vikings there was no separation in that local leaders typically also were responsible for religious matters. The Christian clergy became a power unto themselves.
Read More: CJAdrien.com