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The Unity of the Unknown and the Eternal Security The Anglo-Saxon Belief in Christianity and Fate Imagine a life in which one is simply a pawn at the hands of a mysterious higher force stumbling and meandering through lifes tribulations Until Pope Gregory the Great was sent to spread Christianity throughout England the Anglo- Saxons believed solely in this passive victimizing philosophy These pagans still clung to much of their heathen culture after the wave of Christianity swept through England leaving no one behind Literature derived from this period including Beowulf The Seafarer and The Wanderer directly reflects the maintaining of Christian ideals as well as the belief in fates unknown and often grim path For example the epic poem Beowulf declares Fate will unwind as it must line 284 Meanwhile the same work implies God has the authority in this great world by stating And all his glorious band of GeatsThanked God their leader had come back unharmed 598-599 as if God was the deciding factor in the great protectors health The joining convincedness in God and fate influences the culture outlook on life and the various independent life paths of Anglo- Saxons These early Germanic people believe fate- an anonymous power - controls the present future and past yet they also believe the power of God is a resolute supremecy not to be denounced Our earliest warriors put aside their heroic independence and let wyrds foreign agency control their views and their lives paths time and time again These pagans even allow destiny to influence their view of life which was fatalistic and desolate The Wanderer proves the Anglo-Saxons had little to live for and
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