Is Europe a Christian continent?



How important is Christianity to European identity? In the Middle Ages, the continent was commonly labelled “Christendom” on maps produced in Europe. Even then, however, there were Muslims in Iberia, Catholics in the West, Orthodox Christians in the East, Jews living across Europe, and many in Northern Europe who had not yet converted (not to mention the Cathars and other movements considered heretical by the Church). The Protestant reformation complicated the picture even further, making it impossible to describe the continent as a united Christendom. Instead, maps started to refer to “Europe” as a geographic (rather than religious) entity. Read All Article

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