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Ireland An Expansion through Time The Romans were the first true force to convert to Christianity During their reign they would conquer and command heathen tribes into obeying this new found religion However the Roman Empire would decay disappear and then it was left to another group to take over The Irish would eventually become a driving force behind Christianity peaceably converting and forming new ideas and thought behind the religion itself Thus the Irish unknowingly save civilization To put things in perspective first one must know some background information For it was Augustine who brought about the need for explanations Augustine in his search for answers set up libraries with histories philosophy and legends These libraries would become the treasure of classical knowledge and the basis for thought that would follow Augustine constantly was questioning beliefs and always reforming them to suit his new state of mind For instance Augustines beliefs on religion were quite exploratory To absolve himself from his lust of the fine flesh he abandoned Catholicism for Manicheism which had the aspects of a little Christian symbolism a large dose of Zoroastrian dualism and some of the quiet refinements of Buddhism 49 Although this would not satisfy his intellectual hunger and he would move onto studying the works of Plato and Socrates In the end though he would come across the letters of a Jew named Paul who would show him the light of the Christian god Thus he would purify his soul absolve his past sins and submit himself to the death of the flesh through baptism-and to the Christian God 58 At this same time 4th Century Ireland was not as nearly educated as Augustine of that time was Ireland was a barbaric nation which in essence paralleled the famous epic poem Beowulf It was a society in which wealth determined the ruling factor and histories were kept in the
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