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THE IRRELEVANCE OF DOGMAS, AND THE RELEVANCE OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY, RITUAL, AND ADMINISTRATION
—“the Germanic peoples did not bother to object to individual dogmas, because dogmatic orthodoxy was not central to their notion of religion. The second reason that the Germanization of Christianity is seldom acknowledged may be that now, when syncretic developments are usually associated with “developing nations,” there may exist at least a sub-conscious reluctance by Western Christians to accept the notion that their mainstream religious tradition is itself the result of a syncretic development which eventually became normative.”—
I mean, having literate folk around to mediate between the aristocracy and the people, and to organize feast, festivals, and to educate each other, is not
But we have to understand that people in the medieval period treated the church very much like we treat politicians.