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     Although many have argued before the Beowulf was a Christian based off of the scriptural evidence intertwined in the literature, the scriptural passages are all directly from the Old Testament, which was written at a time in which Christianity did not even exist, therefore the evidence practically negates itself. One such example of a reference to the Old Testament is the story of Cain and Abel. This story is not included into the main study of Christianity, the New Testament, therefore it cannot be utilized to support that Beowulf was a Christian.
     So, since Beowulf was not a Christian, he must have been a Pagan. This assertion can be supported by references and evidence from the text. Beowulf is set in a dark atmosphere. There exists an impersonal fate that has complete control on the fortunes of man. “Fate goes ever as fate must,” (line 455). This is a direct quote from Beowulf who later continues to say “fat spares the man it has not already marked.” This concept of fate does not exist in the Christian religion at all but is a Pagan concept. Christians believe that Jesus Christ has their plan mapped out for them and that by following Him, He will lead you to prosperity. Pagans on the other hand believed in this overbearing thought that was all out of chance and fortune.
     It is for the above reasons that I am TEAM SAXON.
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  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Interesting use of logic and process of elimination. I wouldn’t have thought about the question this way. Well done using cultural and temporal background. I wonder also if its translation from the original text in later centuries could have caused the “scriptural evidence”?

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