ILLTUD AND THE END OF A WORLD

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This column is about one of the truly great Christians of Late Antiquity, but someone you will probably not have heard of. In a world falling into ruins, he kept faith and learning alive. His name was Illtud – and finding him demands a little detective work. You have to be really famous for people [Read More...]

WHY MONKS MATTER

I have recently been posting about the end of the church in Roman Britain, mainly as a case study in how churches die. Just to recap, the old church disintegrated after 450 or so, at least in the south and east of the island – that is, southern and Eastern England – but it survived [Read More...]

BRITAIN, AFRICA, AND THE END OF ANCIENT CHRISTIANITY

I have recently been discussing the destruction of the church that flourished in Roman Britain up through the fifth century. Historians differ greatly on how far they think the fifth and sixth centuries marked a major change of population in the country, or at least the south and east of the island – what became [Read More...]

DO LANGUAGES (AND FAITHS) VANISH WITHOUT TRACE?

I’m wrestling with a truly baffling linguistic mystery, with some far-reaching implications for Christian history. In a couple of recent posts, I looked at the fate of the British Christian society that appears to have been overwhelmed by pagan Germanic invaders during the fifth and sixth centuries. According to traditional accounts, invaders killed or enslaved [Read More...]

WHEN CHURCHES VANISH

So much of Christian history is about the planting and rise of communities, a saga of creators and builders. On occasion, though, churches are destroyed, to the point that Christianity is eliminated entirely in particular regions. Alternatively, it is reduced to a miserable handful of clandestine believers faced with the daily danger of persecution and [Read More...]


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