The Bocera explains to his second-year class why Anglo-Saxons create themselves a ‘martial-arts version of Christianity’ (that’s not his quote, that’s from a paper K, my insider source on all things second year Anglo-Saxon studies, was reading):
It is necessary to construct a warrior Christ, as in Dream of the Rood and Christ and Satan, because the Anglo-Saxon heroic ethos respects courage, defiance, and most definitely not letting yourself get murdered by your enemies.
This, the Bocera intones, is because Christianity is a religion for looooosers.
(In the best Germanic sense, that is.)
St Edmund: Christian martyr, Germanic loooooser.
Full credit to the Goblin, K, Eggs Maledict and Pixie, who reported this gem of professorial insight to me.