Results of Christianization in Medieval Europe
By: Teleios Research
Teleios Research recently examined the histories of European tribes (n=35) in the early Middle Ages, from 300 years before to 300 years after conversion to Nicaean (non-Arian) Christianity. We used Wikipedia for group characteristics and societal measures at each specific time period.
The study found marked statistical improvements in tribal society in each measure (P≤0.00026)
Internally, a king or duke was noted to lead the state and, in many cases, allowed a representative body, advisory council, or charter limiting the king's power. In addition, there was commonly a secular or church-based bureaucracy to help administrate the kingdom. Further, the establishment of cities with associated guilds were frequently noted.
Public works and public help projects commonly were established. Additionally, violence across borders was limited to wartime. Finally, although slavery was not eliminated, it decreased and ended in many cases.
The study found, following Christianization, that tribal-based populations developed more organized, peaceful, compassionate, and just societies.
These early medieval countries, while underdeveloped by today's standards, laid the groundwork for the constitutional democracies that many enjoy today which provide for economic advancement and judicial fairness for individuals.
More research is needed to explore additional time periods and the impact of Christianity, such as during the Reformation, the Roman Empire and in the Americas.
Other findings from Teleios Research can be found on their website (http://www.teleiosresearch.com/
WC Stewart, AC Kleinhans, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
About Teleios - Teleios is a non-profit foundation that seeks to demonstrate the truth of scripture and the Christian faith through scientific methods by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.
Lindsay Nelson - Teleios Research