History of Christianity in Western Europe
HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN WESTERN EUROPE 3
Religion in Western Europe spread between the years 500 C.E. and 750C.E. Christianity started taking root in the region after the fall ofthe Roman Empire. Notably, Christianity originated from Asia beforespreading to Europe (Hillgarth, 2012). However, later versions ofChristianity from Europe would be spread to other parts of the worldincluding Asia, where it had originated. The Roman Empire wasdefeated in 476 C.E and the first aspects of Christianity were notrealized until 529 C.E. In Western Europe, the responsibility ofspreading the gospel was assigned to the priests and the monks.
The work of the missionaries in spreading Christianity in WesternEurope started in the 597 and continued until the year 750. Themissionaries came with a strong message on how the people were weakand were sinners and their behaviors were being influenced by thedevil (Hillgarth, 2012). The people were made to believe that theiractions were against the will of God and this created not only fear,but hope for the people who would be redeemed after acceptingChristianity. Notably, Christianity was so strong that even the kingsin Western Europe obeyed what the missionaries were saying. By around900 C.E., every European in the Western region had been convertedinto Christianity and had formed the new Christianity calledChristendom.
While concluding, there is no doubt that the people of WesternEurope adopted Christianity due to the fear and hope that it created.Further, it is important to note that the fall of the Roman Empirewas instrumental in ensuring that Christianity spread in Europe. Itis also important to note that the priests and the monks played acritical role in ensuring that Christianity succeeded in WesternEurope.
Hillgarth, J. N. (2012). Christianity and paganism, 350-750:The conversion of Western Europe. Philadelphia: University ofPennsylvania Press.
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