The Old World and the New World are linked together through their common cultural heritage, their common origins and their common religion, in this age Christianity. While Islam slowly encroaches on western shores, infests hole towns and neighborhoods, many conceive a return to Christianity as an answer to stop the Sword of Islam and save European Cultures, Values, and Traditions. But does Christianity live up to this? We will take a close look on the evolution of Christianity in Europe, how it changed and adapted to society and is situation today to precisely cover this topic.
Christianity in the European Antiquity
When Christianity began to spread to Europe in the first century Anno Domini, it was a small sect with heavy Jewish origins going so far as leading to many Christians actively practicing circumcision, following Jewish food laws and practices. While early Christianity became a subject of strong religious persecution and constant infighting caused of its early disorganization and therefore dozens of disputes over the interpretation of the bible.
Even do persecutions and religious infighting continued Christianity quickly spread among the Women and Slaves of Rome. While its encroachment to the upper echelons of society and overtaking of these took a long time and eventually finished its completion with Emperor Constantine and his Victory at the Milvian Bridge. Christianity eventually led out of Rome abandoning many of its former Jewish Elements, Priests like Arius and their followers worked at converting whole Germanic tribes at the roman border, tribes that did not convert before entering Roman Territory or by then former Roman Territory eventually converted after conquering it like the Franks. To appeal to those not convertible by force christian missionaries tolerated the further continuation of a variety of ancient practices and traditions, even adopting symbols, tales and images. The centralization of Christianity in Rome and Constantinople, the aftermath of the “barbarian invasions” and the fracturing of the Empire of Old marked the beginning of a new age for Christianity and Europe.
Christianity in the European Middle Ages
The Beginning of the Middle Ages marked the beginning of the final enforcement of Christianity in Europe by force. While Christianity was now more European than in the Antiquity, it was still a force of relentless destruction of what was European. Like a raging beast Christianity brought Hell on Earth to the Pagan Remnants of Europe, 722 the Christian Forces of Charlemagne destroyed the holy Irminsul and only 10 years later slaughtered 50000 Saxons at Verden. The Spread of Christianity went along with Genocide.
The Crusades were not only a joint European campaign against the hordes of Islam but also against fellow Europeans as well. The Albigensian Crusade depopulated hole towns and regions in southern France, obliterating the Cathars dwelling there. The Northern Crusades which raged across the Baltic Sea nearly annihilated the old Prussian People.
Amidst all those mass-murders and genocides Christianity did still contribute to the cultural development of Europe in a positive Way. Saint Georg the Dragonslayer is the transformed image of the European Thundergod fighting the snake. Promoted as a Symbol against Islam. The Wild Hunt and its Patron Woden and the feast of Ostara were transformed to what we know today as Christmas and Easter. Monks and Priests harbored many of the ancient Scriptures we know and love today. The great Cathedrals and Churches filled with glass windows as great works of ass as the monuments themselves, the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire and therefore the foundation Germany and many of its surrounding nations. Monasteries kept a small minority of Europe literate and conscious about the Antiquity. This Men of Church eventually prepared the ground for the Renaissance.
The Modern Period
The Renaissance marked the Rebirth of many long gone elements of European Culture. I am not only speaking of great Artists like Albrecht Dürer, Donatello and Michelangelo, great inventors like Leonardo da Vinci, Johannis Gutenberg or watchers of the stars like Kopernikus. The Renaissance also marked the rebirth of what it once exterminated. Gemistos Plethon was one of the first reviving the old faith, the old traditions and customs which weren’t transformed into something pleasing the Christians. Without the Renaissance and the Reformation Christianity might have never loosed its iron grip over European Culture and Tradition and thereby hindering the rebirth of ancient customs.
More and more great minds took inspiration from the Pre-Christian Times in the following centuries, works of art and science emerged in inspiration from them. Though it took till the 19th century and the reemerging of many nations and rising nationalism for more ancient knowledge to arise. Simultaneously Christianity lost more and more of its control of society, preserving of tradition shifted more and more towards various rightwing organisations and institutions.
When the leftists finally got hold of the western World, allot of Christian organisations bowed down to their new leftist overlords, promoting multiculturalism and mass migration effectively working against ourselves.
So is Christianity European? Not in its Origin, not in its formal structure and general world view but in its values, in its surface and in the festivals and traditions its promotes. Christianity is not Europe’s original religion but it holds its place in Europe and can be – with the right people leading it the Bulwark of Europe and not its enemy.