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tr.v. Chris·tian·ized, chris·tian·iz·ing, Chris·tian·iz·es
1. To take over or adapt in the name of Christianity: pagan monuments Christianized by early missionaries.
2. To convert to Christianity.

Chris′tian·i·za′tion (-chə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
Chris′tian·iz′er n.
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Noun1.Christianization - conversion to Christianity
conversion - a change of religion; "his conversion to the Catholic faith"
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Though Shepard is describing a later period of Byzantine history, similar emphasis on imperial motives and initiative in Christianization has influenced studies of the fourth to the sixth century as well.
Ireland's Saint shows how the saint and the Christianization of the country in no way destroyed Irish culture, but rather complemented it and brought it to its full potential:
Rather, they were bound to particular groups of people and locales of the medieval world, and represented a fresh appropriation of astrological materials, forming an early and decisive stage in the Christianization of the cosmos.
The Romulus Nilantii reflects the Christianization of the Latin fable tradition, which was always basically didactic in intent, and the exempla it contains deal unambiguously with good and evil within a rigid moral framework.
This movement began with the Christianization of Stoicism and included the attempt to create a rationalist ethical theory in the writings of Herbert, Descartes, Spinoza, Malebranche, and Leibniz.
Gordon states her chief themes explicitly: "first, that the Christianization of approximately half the population by the end of slavery was overwhelmingly the achievement of black and colored teachers, both independent preachers and the leadership of the dissenting chapels; second, that the conversion was progressively associated with the growing aspirations, both for freedom and sociopolitical recognition, of slaves and free coloreds and blacks of many generations; third, that by 1838 there was a dawning awareness of a Jamaican identity among the colored population, if only because they had nowhere else to go.
Topics such as artistic depictions of holy subject matter, Deist uprising and controversy in Britain, the effects of the printed word on knowledge and religion, and Native American Christianization are covered.
Bowes hopes "to reexcavate the private" (2), private churches and private worship, in an effort to expose evidence that has been missing from academic reconstructions of Christianization.
These missionary efforts could better be described as Christianization rather than evangelization, for their basic objective was the incorporation of these peoples into a monocultural Christendom and their submission to Spanish civil and ecclesiastical authorities.
Here the Christianization of this Jew is complete, as the body itself gives evidence.
documents women's leadership in the emergence of new institutions such as the convent, the hospital, and the travellers' hostel, together with the Christianization and gradual moral transformation of northern barbarian societies.
And while one can appreciate Russell's point that looking at christianization during the earlier Middle Ages from the perspective of the debate between John Van Engen and Jacques Le Goff about christianization in the later Middle Ages obscures the cultural processes going on in the earlier era, it is still valid to inquire to what degree the syncretism occurring during the earlier time was a function of the absence of a Latin trained clergy concerned to inhibit it.