“The Daily”


Christianity in Britain

Another advocate of the view that the “daily” was paganism, and that it was taken away in 508, states the following as the reason alleged by those who gave the judgment-hour cry:- THD 11.2

There was no claim made that any one act of the Roman empire set aside paganism for the whole empire, and that in 508, when Britain accepted Christianity as their religion-they being the last to reject paganism,-marked the overthrow of that cult, and was the completion of the “taking away of the ‘daily.’” THD 11.3

In reply to this claim, we will state that such historians as Hume (“History of England,” Vol. I, chap. I, pages 25, 26), Mosheim (“Ecclesiastical History,” Vol. II, part 1, chap. 1, par. 2), Neander (“General Church History,” T. & T. Clark’s edition, Vol. V, page 13), and “The Historian’s History of the World” (Vol. VIII, page 532), all agree that Pope Gregory sent Augustine with forty Benedictine monks to Britain in 506, that they arrived in 597, and that the conversion of Britain to Christianity extended far into the seventh century. This is certainly sufficient to dispose of the unfounded assertion that Britain accepted Christianity in 508. THD 12.1

For the information of those interested in this subject, we will give the date of the conversion to the Catholic faith of some of the ten kingdoms. The complete statement may be found in Gieseler’s “Ecclesiastical History,” Vol. II, second period, div. 2, sec. 123. The dates are as follows; The Burgundians, 517; Suevi, 550-569; Visigoths, 589; Anglo-Saxons, after 596. THD 12.2