Christian Beliefs In Beowulf

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Anglo-Saxon warriors existed over six-hundred years ago, from AD 410 to 1066. Biblical times were from before 4000 BC to AD 95. Even though these societies existed at completely different times, the values of a Christian society and a warrior society are remarkably very similar. We find indicated on the website BBC that, “The Anglo-Saxons also brought their own religious beliefs, but the arrival of Saint Augustine in 597 converted most of the country to Christianity” (The Anglo-Saxons). The epic, “Beowulf,” gives manifold instances of these interweaving societal values, such as, loyalty, generosity, conviction in God, and fate. Time and again, there is a lot of misunderstanding about the epic Beowulf. Mainly because people identify this as a pagan poem, but there are so many Christian values interweaved throughout, readers get…show more content…
“Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked” (572-573). This line of the poem is construed in my eyes as if a warrior has courage, fate will spare him. But a warrior without courage will most of the time be the one who dies or gets injured. This is also a very good illustration of the Anglo-Saxon’s belief in God, if you believe in God and trust in Him, He will bless you. God helps those who help themselves, He provides for the people who have the courage to help themselves and believe in Him. A little while later in the epic we see fate as well as belief in the Almighty God again, “as he would have killed more, had not mindful God” (1055). Here the author is denoting the amount of people that Grendel had killed. It is undoubtedly stated that the fate of the people lied in God’s hands. God controls all things. God would not allow Grendel to exterminate any more people, and the Anglo-Saxon warriors knew that the fate of themselves and even Grendel –who represented evil - was left in the control of

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