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Patrick and Justinian

Not related at all, but they’re combined in one section of my forthcoming e-book about obtaining an historical perspective.This is an excerpt:

Two Men You Should Know

This next section will deviate a bit from the book’s approach, but I believe it’s important to mention two men from this period who didn’t fit into the above narrative: St. Patrick and Justinian.

St. Patrick was a Romano-Britain. He was kidnapped in an Irish raid (something that occurred more often as the last of the legions withdrew from Britain in 410). He escaped years later, then went back to Christianize Ireland, which he did successfully.

When the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes later took control of Britain, the place became pagan. Christianity was all but eliminated.

But then, shortly after 600, Irish monks crossed the Irish Sea to re-convert Britain. They had great success.

This is one of those neat incidents in history: one culture evangelizing the other, then the other returning the favor many years later. Here, Britain sent St. Patrick, Britain subsequently became pagan, St. Patrick’s spiritual descendants then reconverted Britain.… Read the rest