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2: Anglo-Saxon gold cross pendant, early seventh century. M.64-1904, from excavations at King's Field, Faversham.

3: Cross on steps: Anglo-Saxon gold solidus, mid-seventh century. CM.EM.5-R, Emmanuel College Collection.

4: The Heathens The Heathens worshipped their gods and goddesses for thousands of years before the coming of Christianity. Their gods and goddesses were part of, and ruled practically every aspect of their lives, such as birth, life, death, harvest, earth, sky, love, fertility, nature, weather and much more. In the most primitive of times these deities were probably worshipped as natural phenomena, but over the centuries each phenomena developed it's own image and character that, is probably best illustrated in later Norse mythology

6: christianty The decline of Anglo Saxon heathonism began around 597 c.e. (common era) with the arrival of the Roman missionary St Augustine on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. The missionaries were sent out on the orders of Pope Gregory, legend says that Pope Gregory, before becoming Pope, noticed some fair-haired boys in a slave market in Rome, and enquired where they were from. He was told that they were Angles and also Heathen, to which (Pope) Gregory replied, "Non Angli, sed angeli", "Not Angles but angels", and on becoming Pope he despatched the missionaries to convert the Anglo-Saxons. The first king in England to greet St Augustine was Ethelbert of Kent.

9: About 1400 years ago, the Pope in Rome sent a missionary to England to persuade the Anglo-Saxons to become Christians. The leader of the Christian Church was the Pope, who lived in Rome. The Pope sent a monk called Augustine to England. Augustine landed in the south and converted the first King Ethelbert of Kent, and then the people living there. The Pope made Augustine a Bishop and Ethelbert allowed him to build a church in Canterbury Churches, usually built of wood, were built in Saxon villages all over Britain

11: Vikings were pagans -- they worshipped a pantheon of multilpe gods and goddessess, each one representing some aspect of the world as they experienced it. Scandinavians eventually converted to Christianity, but more slowly than other peoples of Europe. There was no central church in any of the Scandinavian kingdoms, nor were any of their religious traditions consistently written down. As a result, Viking religion was highly personalized and varied from one place to another. It evolved over time to a greater extent than codified religions usually do

12: Another aspect of religion that is often in confrontation with paganism is the concept of the trinity in terms of Christianity. Pagans are polytheistic whereas Christians are monotheistic, and the concept of Christians believing in a trinity would seemingly make them pagan-like. However, the stance of Christianity is based on the relationships of the Godhead, of course those relationships differ between various sects, but most maintain the position that the Godhead are indeed separate but one in purpose. This concept is controversial because pagans also believe in the power of three and they had many gods serving under other gods. The Greek triad of Zeus, Athena, and Apollo, the Hindu triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva the Egyptian triad of Isis, Horus, and Sub are ex.

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