Heinrich Hein, German Writer (13 December 1797 - 17 February 1856)
Fascinating. one usually sees Christianity solely blamed for causing violence rather than suppressing it.
===One could argue that any cultural faith that becomes a moderating influence…especially when it is in the stabilizing process of its’ time. It develops ways of harnessing and focusing the more aggressive impulses to not eat itself. For a while, the Christian faith was very much about limiting sin…and was rather self-focused. (I am not convinced this is THE best argument, but it would be part of the mix.)
===It is interesting to see the set-up here…there has been an undercurrent of thought that Christianity weakened something vital in the Germanic/Aryan spirit, and that the religion is a curse. (It is fascinating to see this then shifted into the right-wing Christian mindset, which has this same feel of poisoned anger….)
Christianity was extremely pacifistic in the beginning, but when it became a state religion it had to become more practical. As it spread, Jesus and Dor/Thor merged. I highly recommend listening to “Thor ‘s Angels” episode of Hardcore History podcast by Dan Carlin.