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Old December 20th, 2017, 12:01 PM   #1

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New thinking on Christian treatment of pagan temples


Interesting article. What do you all think?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarah.../#653cef404f9f
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Old December 21st, 2017, 02:40 AM   #2

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Makes sense to me.

During the struggles between Arianism and Catholicism it just seemed to be a matter of making sure the clergy were of the right Ilk and re-arranging the decor a bit. EG Conversion of the Visigoths to Catholicism under Recaredo.

Also there are still examples to be seen in Spain today - I've been to 3 that I know of - of churches which were orginally built by the Visigoths, then converted to mosques, then re-converted to churches. Let alone the Mezquita de Cordoba itself.

Seems a matter of practicality especially when people/lands involved in war and conquest were usually broke, lacking in money and time to be building brand new buildings!!
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Old December 21st, 2017, 06:22 AM   #3

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BTW--I need to give credit to Mr. Higson for the link from the thread "Frisians in the Great Heathen Army" under European History. I knew I'd gotten it from somebody on Historum but couldn't find the source yesterday. So thanks, Mr. Higson
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I'm ploughing through a 2nd of the novels Toti Martinez de Lezea dealing with the heathen peoples of the mountains of Navarra / this time at the time of the milennium and Sancho the Great. The last one I read was about the Agotes around the time of the Albigensian Crusade.

The other subjects she deals with like treatment and conversion of the jews, society in the later middle ages in these regions, the Comuneros etc are all accurate and very well researched.

So I've no reason to doubt here research on the Pagans in the high mountains of Navarra. Its something I need to look for a good history book on
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