I haven't read through the whole forum so here is my response to just the topic. First off, Christianity had already spread far and wide by the time such events happened, so even if it did die off in the area, it would have probably made a revival. Second, having religion helps people get through the darkest times. I will assume your not religious because if you were then you would know that being religious really does give you hope in life, and I'm not trying to insult you. Third, with the base of your question you could easily replace 'Christianity' with 'English monarchy'. I realize that the English government has greatly changed throughout the years but so has Christianity. I mean, you haven't seen many Christians hunting witches lately, have you?
So, to summarize, it had been around too long, affected too many people and has adapted to much to have 'died'
I agrees with this and I does hope the Christian religon does evolve more to be more tollerant. Its way behind on somethings like the accepting that female priests [in catholic churches] and the gender equality and gay marriages. Its mostly the gender related things what the Christian religion needs to evolve in.
Im not the expert but this is me observations
As far as Catholics go, we really never will have female priests or same-### marriage. Men and women are different, and from the beginning of the church we haven't hid it, we've celebrated it. As much as our society likes to tell us that there is no absolute truths, the ##### are different. Our bodies, our hormones, our emotions, we're different. When Jesus designated some jobs for men and some for women, he wasn't insulting our abilities, he was giving us the jobs that would best enhance our natural talents. I'm sure you'd never be able to find a catholic woman who had a strong calling to the priesthood, they might have a calling to religious life as a sister or consecrated v!####, and I thinks that's why, in protestant churches without these vocations for women, women feel the call to being a pastor because there is no other religious roles for women.
As far as same ### marriage goes, Catholics have always believed that men and women were created to compliment and complete each other. That's why we physically and emotionally fit together. We believe that same ### relationships really are going against nature, and therefore God's law. That's not to say that all Catholics believe that "all gays are evil sinners," far from it. God created us to love one another and we as imperfect people have no right to look down on anyone for any reason (or lack thereof.)
So, I guess what I'm saying, is that, though Catholics have changed some of their practices, we have never and more than likely will never change any of our beliefs. Not out of stubbornness or arrogance, but because we truly believe that our beliefs are the truth. And you can't change the truth.
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