Before the Black Death destroyed the vast majority of those Priests who put the cares of their congregation before the cares of themselves, Christianity during this period was going through a flowering of growth.  Aristotelian logic was replacing Platonic absolutism through the work of Thomas Aquinas.  Albertus Magnus laid the foundations of scientific thought and exploration in a church embracing the exploration and understanding of the world and its workings.  The Fourth Laterine Council recognized both Eucharist and Penance as Holy Sacraments.  Christianity was even changing its approach to animals through the naturalism of the Franciscans.  Christian mysticism flourished, with the music of Hildegard of Bingham and the meditations of Bonaventure being chief examples.  Christianity would face its main challenge in this era from the idea of Romantic Love.  The idea of devotion to another person instead to God as an act worthy of poetry, story and song spread like wildfire across secular Europe.  Christianity would later adopt this idea as core to its teachings, and teach that no marriage was valid unless husband and wife loved each other.

Christian Myth