A Return to the Medieval

The first temple to the Norse gods to be built in a thousand years is being constructed in Iceland. The worship of Thor, Odin and Frigg gave way to the Christian faith toward the end of the Viking age, but a modern version of Norse paganism has become increasingly popular in Iceland. Membership in 'Asatruarfelagid', an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods, has tripled over the last decade.

George Eliot once opined that "history, we know, is apt to repeat itself."

So are we returning to the medieval?

Yes, I believe in many respects, we are.

The Middle Ages, at almost a thousand years in length, was not a single unit. Historians tend to divide it up into three eras: the early Middle Ages, which was from 400 to 1000; the high Middle Ages, which was from 1000 to 1300; and the late Middle Ages, which was from 1300 to 1500.

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A Theological Primer

It is the one idea among the Christian faith that is most unique among all religions. It's also the most scandalous. It is what attracts people the most, and is often the stumbling block over which they fall. It drew thousands to Jesus, and also nailed him to the cross.

Without a doubt, it is the most significant dynamic, power and gift of the Christian faith. So if there is one thing that we need to "get right," it's this.

And many don't get it right.

Some reject it; some cheapen it; some make it a commodity to be earned; some say it only flows to a few; some refuse it to others; some apply it where it doesn't belong; some...

Well, you get the point.

Welcome to Meck's March series, "Getting Grace Right."

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