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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197716

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001

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The Conversion to Christianity

The Conversion to Christianity

A Clash of Religions, a Blend of Religions

(p.274) 6 The Conversion to Christianity
Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Yale University Press

The vast and unified polity of the Roman Empire favoured the spread of Christianity from its birthplace in Palestine, but the rejection of older religious traditions, embodied in the Christian claim, made it impossible for Rome to assimilate it peacefully. This chapter discusses the clash between Christianity and old religions, to which the notion of paganism was applied. It also presents evidence for Romano-British Christianity and describes how Christianity became the dominant religion in the British Isles.

Keywords:   Roman Empire, Christianity, Palestine, old religions, paganism, religion, British Isles

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