Issue 63 Severe Salvation

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Conversion of the Vikings: Did You Know?

Fascinating and little-known facts about the Vikings and their times.

the Editors

Conversion of the Vikings: From the Editors — A Living Conversion Story

The conversion of the original Vikings is a painful, complicated story.

Ted Olsen

End of the Known World

How and why the Viking’s old world ended.

the Editors

Norway Part 1: “Be Christian or Die”

When it comes to conversion by the sword, few can match the ruthless exploits of King Olaf Trygvesson.

James Reston

Dead Man Converting

King Olaf Haraldsson had only moderate success at converting his people—until a year after he was killed in battle.

Michael Scott Rohan and Allan Scott

Why Trust the White Christ?

Besides spiritual solace, Vikings were attracted by Christianity’s tangible blessings.

Birgit and Peter Sawyer

The Dead Still Speak

What runestones and graveyards reveal about the Vikings’ conversion process.

Birgit and Peter Sawyer

The Conversion of Scandinavia: Christian History Timeline

Chronology of some events related to the conversion of Scandinavia.

the Editors

Denmark: Planting the Seed

How missionaries’ modest beginnings eventually bore fruit in Denmark

J.R. Christianson

Conversion of the Vikings: The Gallery — Power Evangelism Checked

The stories of three Viking rulers and their encounters with Christianity.

Georgia L. Beaverson

Sweden: Faith Without the Fireworks

The conversion of Sweden is unspectacular—and for that reason most illuminating.

Mark Galli

Greenland: Father-Son Saga

The story of Erik the Red, his son Leif (the famous explorer) and the most misnamed of Viking Islands.

Roger McKnight

Iceland: Althings Work to the Good

At a legislative Althing, a pagan judge prevented civil war in Iceland by converting everyone to Christianity.

James Marchand

Interview — Converting By the Sword

Why Christians used it, why it worked, and why it died.

Richard Fletcher

Conversion of the Vikings: Recommended Resources

Resources for further study of the Vikings.

the Editors
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