A glance back
Historians, both Christian and non-Christian, agree that the origin and the existence of Europe cannot be understood apart from Christianity. One historian said: 'If there had been no preaching of the gospel, Europe would have remained an insignificant peninsula of the continent of Asia'. At the time of the New Testament, the northern part of Europe was just a dark and remote corner of the Roman Empire. The pagan religions that dominated most of Europe at that time did not create unity. The mythology of the Scandinavians, the worship of nature of the Germans and the fertility cult of the Etruscans, held them all captive in their tribal differences, in a state of fear and animosity towards each other.