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Why Christians used it, why it worked, and why it died.
The story of Erik the Red, his son Leif (the famous explorer) and the most misnamed of Viking Islands
The conversion of Sweden is unspectacular—and for that reason most illuminating.
The stories of three Viking rulers and their encounters with Christianity.
How missionaries' modest beginnings eventually bore fruit in Denmark
At a legislative Althing, a pagan judge prevented civil war in iceland by converting everyone to Christianity.
What runestones and graveyards reveal about the Vikings' conversion process
Besides spiritual solace, Vikings were attracted by Christianity's tangible blessings.
King Olaf Haraldsson had only moderate success at converting his people—until a year after he was killed in battle.
When it comes to conversion by the sword, few can match the ruthless exploits of King Olaf Trygvesson.
Fascinating and little-known facts about the Vikings and their times.
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August 22, 565: Celtic missionary and abbot Columba reportedly confronts the Loch Ness Monster and becomes the first recorded observer of the creature. "At the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified," wrote his biographer, "and fled more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes" (see issue 60: How the Irish Were Saved).

August 22, 1670: English missionary John Eliot founds a church for Native Americans at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (see issue 41: American Puritans).

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