Special Issue "The Many Faces of Faith: Celtic and Germanic Christianity in the Middle Ages"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Our corporate understanding of Christianity’s life in the Middle Ages has exploded in recent decades, but there is still much unknown and unexamined in this vast stretch of history. Advancements in cross-cultural study have also continued apace, equipping us with better tools for mining dynamic interplays between peoples and cultures. At the intersection of these burgeoning academic currents lies the multi-faceted contextualization of Christian theology and spirituality in the Middle Ages.
This volume will look to make valuable additions to these areas of inquiry along the lines that have been opened by recent publications like Understanding Celtic Religion (Ritari and Bergholm 2015) and Post-Roman Transitions: Christian and Barbarian Identities in the Early Medieval West (Pohl and Heydemann 2013). Papers submitted for consideration for this volume may focus on any of the following topics as they relate to Christianity’s interaction with and reception among either Germanic or Celtic people groups:
- Conversion, missions, and proselytizing, especially their uniquely contextualized formations;
- Personal spirituality, especially the endurance of vestigial or contextualized pagan practice, belief, or identity within more-official Christianity;
- Scripture, especially related to work in translation or textual reproduction that is uniquely marked by these contexts;
- Religious narrative, especially applied to hagiography and its cross-pollination with events, themes, or figures of pagan mythology;
- Christian theological doctrine, especially as modified/contextualized by historical encounters with any of the above-listed dynamics.
Essays can be focused broadly (e.g., comparison of a religious doctrine in multiple contexts/periods) or narrowly (e.g., examination of an individual religious text or an individual archeological artifact). To facilitate as much freedom and diversity as possible across the submissions, this volume considers the “Middle Ages” in its broadest extent: from the fall of Rome in the 5th century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Ritari, Katja, and Alexandra Bergholm. 2015. Understanding Celtic religion: revisiting the pagan past. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
Pohl, Walter. 2013. Christian and barbarian identities in the early medieval West: introduction. In Post-Roman Transitions: Christian and Barbarian Identities in the Early Medieval West. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 1–46.
Dr. Samuel Youngs
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- medieval religion
- Germanic Christianity
- Celtic Christianity