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122 – The Zeal of Augustine

122 – The Zeal of Augustine

Ok, when we last left off, Augustine had become the Archbishop of England, had been given orders to make London the seat of the English Church, and had some Papal answers to some rather odd questions. Well, the the Pope wasn’t just sitting on his hands and letting things take their course. He was actively involved. For example, he wrote to the Archbishop in Arles and basically said “Can you help out Augustine, please? Also, if he brings...

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121 – Augustine and Gregory Make a Diocese

121 – Augustine and Gregory Make a Diocese

So Augustine was probably feeling pretty happy with himself. He had gone to the edge of the world and now the Church had a foothold of Christianity out there, and the King was openly Christian as well. All in all, this was a pretty good get for the Church and it had “promotion” written all over it. Was it hard? Probably. I mean, we aren’t told who his nearly 40 missionaries were, nor are we told what happened to them or even what the Pope...

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120 – The Conversion of King AEthelberht

120 – The Conversion of King AEthelberht

In the last several episodes we’ve been speaking about religion. We’ve spoken about the paganism that existed on the island, the christians that lived on the island, the reasons why individuals and rulers might want to convert, and of course we’ve spoken about what the church in Rome was up to and what their plans were. So we know that the Church wanted to extend its control over Britain, and that now it felt it had a good opportunity to...

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BHP Pub Quiz #3

BHP Pub Quiz #3

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119 – Conversion… Why Bother?

119 – Conversion… Why Bother?

Ok, so why convert? I mean, we’re looking at a warrior culture with gods that reflected it. And anyone who spent time looking at the character of Christ would soon realize that he was a civilian… not a warrior. And pretty much everyone of any status (with the possible exception of the priest class) was a warrior of one sort or another. So what good was this god? And he probably appeared rather strange, since his story involves him...

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118 – Christian Influence On England Before Augustine

118 – Christian Influence On England Before Augustine

The reality is that much of what we know of the conversion of England in the sixth century comes from Bede. But the trouble is that Bede doesn’t seem overly well informed about sixth century England. In fact, it looks like until he got access to Pope Gregory’s letters, he didn’t even know when St. Augustine was sent to England to convert the population (sorry about the spoilers there). So it seems to me that so he probably doesn’t know the...

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117 – The State of Christianity in Wales

117 – The State of Christianity in Wales

Now its hard to get a clear view of what Welsh Christianity would have looked like, but there probably would have been many aspects that would have been familiar to Christians on the continent. Towards the end of the Roman occupation of Britain, Christianity became the official religion of the empire and communities were pressured not only to convert but to construct churches. And this was the same in mainland europe. And as things started...

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