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1,000 years

Vast landscape enlarges our celebration

This summer Iceland celebrated the 1,000th anniversary of its adoption of Christianity. I will remember the event for two reasons.

First, unlike many other countries, Iceland didn't become Christian by the decision of a king but by the vote of its people. The scattered inhabitants of its rocky coast gathered yearly at an inland meeting-place to hear their laws read and make new ones. In A.D. 1000 they decided Christianity would replace paganism so they would have "one law and one religion."
First, unlike many other countries, Iceland didn't become Christian by the decision of a king but by the vote of its people. The scattered inhabitants of its rocky coast gathered yearly at an inland meeting-place to hear their laws read and make new ones. In A.D. 1000 they decided Christianity would replace paganism so they would have "one law and one religion."

We gathered at that same spot, Thingvellir, to mark the anniversary. And that brings me to my other unforgettable impression.


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