Norse Christianity

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From Ásatrú, the Thesis, and Christianity, the Antithesis, naturally a Synthesis must come out of the two. This Synthesis is known as the Dual Faith.

— High Sacerd Sighere Samuel the Hawker on the foundation of the Dual Faith

The Norse Dual Faith is the official religion of the Kingdom of West Germania and governed by the Church of the North. It could be said to be a new religion, but it is technically a revival and codification of the dual faith period in Europe between AD 450 and AD 1100 (700 RE and 1350 RE), which arose as an individual and coherent spiritual discovery after contact between Christianity and Indo-European, especially Norse, paganism. Generally, the Roman Catholic Church managed to consolidate its position in Europe and pagan beliefs faded altogether except for the indigenous cultures that had merged into Christianity in various regions. The Norse Dual Faith seeks to restore the beliefs of European ancestors to those before the Roman Catholic Church rose to power, although the key doctrine behind it is Germanic Christianity. As such, the Dual Faith is based to a large extent on the life and teachings of the Healer, who is the Christ and Son of God. The roles of the Ese (Æsir and Vanir) are also emphasised, particularly those of Woden and Thor.

Dual Faith Adherents generally have individual spiritual approaches, but the Church of the North officially advocates the belief that the Healer (known in other denominations by the name Jesus) is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament and also that the ancient Germanic creator god Tuisto (Twist according to modern West Germanic tradition) - a God Born of Earth - is the God of Abraham alongside his earthly incarnation. Thus, God had his early basis in both Indo-European and Jewish tribes and possibly more. The Dual Faith is officially monotheistic: the concepts of 'Ese' (singular: 'Oos') and 'God' are fundamentally different (cf. the two distinct words used by the Anglo-Saxons).

Scripture

The Holy Stjorn (or Dual Faith Bible) is the scripture of the Norse Dual Faith as selected by the Church of the North. The Stjorn is a collection of four volumes: the Edda, the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Canticle. The tables below detail the canon of all the volumes.

West Germanic name (romanised) English name Notes
Vornzang Ancient Song Modern introduction based on lost ancient song described by Tacitus
Edda Poetic Edda Includes additional Anglo-Saxon works
Vøluspa Prophecy of the Seeress
Havamøel Ballad of the High One
Vaftrutnismøel Ballad of Vafthrúdnir
Grimnismøel Ballad of Grímnir
Skirnismøel Ballad of Skírnir
Harbardslid Poem of Hárbard
Hymiskwid Lay of Hymir
Lokazenna Wrangling of Loki
Drymskwid Lay of Thrym
Wilandskwid Lay of Wayland
Alvismøel Ballad of Alvís
Baldres Droms Dreams of Baldr
Rigsdula Mantra of Ríg
Hyndellid Poem of Hyndla
Swipdagsmøel Ballad of Svipdag
Grottazang Song of Grotti Disputed
Ravenjalder Wudens Raven Charm of Woden Disputed
Helgakwid Lay of Helga Collects three poems of the Heroic Lays
Niflungrod Niflung Cycle Collects several poems of the Heroic Lays
Jermunreckskwid Lay of Jörmunrekkr Collects two poems of the Heroic Lays
Hervararkwid Lay of Hervor From the Hervarar saga
Lødskwid Lay of Hlöðr From the Hervarar saga
Dierskwonung Lament of Deor Anglo-Saxon poem
Biwulf Beowulf Anglo-Saxon poem
Alde Kaidnes Old Testament According to Latin Vulgate tradition
Jekyndbuk Genesis In alliterative verse, from the Anglo-Saxon poem
Autvareld Exodus In alliterative verse, from the Anglo-Saxon poem
Deinungbuk Leviticus
Jetal Numbers
Afterø Deuteronomy
Jozue Joshua
Dimerbuk Judges
Rut Ruth
1. Samuel 1 Samuel
2. Samuel 2 Samuel
1. Kynings 1 Kings
2. Kynings 2 Kings
1. Kranix 1 Chronicles
2. Kranix 2 Chronicles
Esdras Ezra
Nehemias Nehemiah
Tobias Tobit
Judit Judith In alliterative verse, from the Anglo-Saxon poem
Hester Esther
Job Job
Zalter Psalms
Kwidbuk Proverbs Includes extra-biblical Maxims
Richtracziend Ecclesiastes
Aller Zangene Vormest Song of Songs
Waisdum Wisdom
Sirach Sirach
Izaias Isaiah
Heremias Jeremiah
Hivung Lamentations
Baruch Baruch
Ezekiel Ezekiel
Daniel Daniel In alliterative verse, from the Anglo-Saxon poem
Ozee Hosea
Johel Joel
Amos Amos
Abdias Obadiah
Jonas Jonah
Mikeas Micah
Naum Nahum
Abbakuk Habakkuk
Sofonias Zephaniah
Aggeus Haggai
Zakarias Zechariah
Malakias Malachi
Makabeorum Maccabees From Ælfric's homily, which merges the two Vulgate books
Naie Kaidnes New Testament According to Latin Vulgate tradition, with additional apocryphon and AS works
Mariai Mary
Matteus Matthew
Markus Mark
Lukas Luke
Johannes John
Nikodemus Nicodemus Apocryphon added due to importance in Anglo-Saxon tradition
Aposteldøde Acts
Rumwaren Romans
1. Korintiwaren 1 Corinthians
2. Korintiwaren 2 Corinthians
Galatiwaren Galatians
Efesewaren Ephesians
Filipiwaren Philippians
Kolossewaren Colossians
1. Dessalonikiwaren 1 Thessalonians
2. Dessalonikiwaren 2 Thessalonians
1. Timoteo 1 Timothy
2. Timoteo 2 Timothy
Tito Titus
Filemone Philemon
Ebreiszem Hebrews
Jakobi James
1. Petri 1 Peter
2. Petri 2 Peter
1. Johanni 1 John
2. Johanni 2 John
3. Johanni 3 John
Judai Jude
Onrines Revelation
Krist Christ Anglo-Saxon poem
Krist en Zatan Christ and Satan Anglo-Saxon poem
Rudesweven Dream of the Rood Anglo-Saxon poem
Dumdai Judgement Day Anglo-Saxon poem
Kantik Canticle Edited Koran
Kantik Canticle Single book collecting 114 chapters