Traditions of Paganism and the Christian Church


  • Morgan Jackson


The late antique period witnessed the overlap of Christian teaching with pagan practices. The rise of the Christian Church marked a change in the way pagan practices termed magic were viewed, tolerated, and altered. Historian Valerie Flint addresses these changes in The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe by examining how magic was defined during the second to sixth centuries and how the Church responded to magical practices in a pagan world. However, more recently scholarship concerning late antique pagan practices and Church authority disputes Flint’s claims.