3. Pagans and Christians
- Julian D. Richards
The Vikings were regarded as aggressive pagans. Their conversion to Christianity is now seen as a gradual process in which Christianity coexisted alongside older beliefs in an early medieval multi-faith society. ‘Pagans and Christians’ looks at the ‘belief system’ of the Vikings. Religion to the Vikings was just another aspect of life. The act of worship was not a behaviour of adoration or uncritical approval, it was very different from the Christian relationship with the divine. According to Norse mythology the outcome of our actions are predetermined, and we cannot change our faith. It is more important how we conduct ourselves as we meet our fate.