Posted November 14, 2016
Pagan to Christian: Religious change in early medieval Ireland
Dr. John Soderberg
Denison University & The Ohio State University
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8 PM
Ohio State University
Koffolt Lab, 140 W 19th Ave, Room 207
Fanciful ideas about mediaeval Ireland having preserves for pagan Celts or refuges for Christians saving European civilization have long dominated our understanding. The construction boom of the early 2000s produced a trove of archaeological information that is transforming views of what existed before the emergence of Christianity and how the process of conversion played out. This talk will survey new views of religion in medieval Ireland and consider what we learn about the dynamics of religious change.