What makes you say that?.
It was a way of thinking, of seeing and explaining the world around them, of customs and traditions, which has grown for millennia with the people, with the land...it fit them like a glove.
The middle eastern import was so strange and foreign to the european natives! It was a crime!
Where do you think science would be now if it weren't for the Catholic Church?
Astronomers burned or terrorized? Denial of the Evolution? "God made the world in 6 days
Now it get's ridiculous!:)
Ever heard of the Sky Disc of Nebra?
Pagans already used astronomy for their harvesting 3000 years back...
if no part of the Ten Commandments were ever written into state law, you'd be happy with that, right?
Nothing new to what the germanic tribes had already long before their agreed rules and their own law system. Problems and fights were discussed at a Thing long before the bible was written.
Even the wise women had their high status (which Christians liked to burn later as witches
You would find that there is a lot of difference if you lived for one year in a catholic
country, let's say Poland, and one year in an islamic country, like Saudi Arabia for example
trying to practice your paganism. Yes - you would truly feel the difference between
catholicism and islam.
Well...the christian church of today isn't what she is used to be.
The rampage she was on for more than 1000 years is coming to an end, inclusive stake burning, drowning of women, religious crusades, killing whole peoples, religious wars, terrorizing of all dissidents etc.etc.
The western, modern world is becoming more and more secular, most people no longer giving a rat's ass about what some old tosser in the Vatikan says or thinks.
The Islam is where the Catholics were during the middle ages...they too will come along in another century or two.
You are much more similiar to each other than you want to. But maybe it needs an outsider to see that...