Initial Thoughts On Celtic Spirituality

Statue of Saint Patrick at the Hill of Tara, C...

Statue of Saint Patrick at the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to say, I’m a bit intrigued by Celtic Theology. I started my journey through Celtic Theology with The Book of Creation by J. Philip Newell and came across this quote in the introduction:

It is not, however, until late in the fourth century that distinct characteristics of Celtic Christianity began to emerge. The first teacher of note in the Celtic tradition was a monk by the make of Pelagius, which in the Welsh was rendered ‘Morgan’ or ‘Morien’. For over 1500 years, his name has been identified with the heresy ‘Pelagianism’, condemned for its supposed teaching that humanity is capable of saving itself without the aid of divine grace. As we shall see, Pelagius did not teach this. (xvi-xvii)

Interesting…I look forward to seeing how Newell plays this out.

One thought on “Initial Thoughts On Celtic Spirituality

  1. Pelagius is an excellent start. Also study the style of Irish monasticism and the focus on original blessing vs original sin. Much in common with other native tribes. Panentheism using Christian symbology. The more I learn about my ancestors wisdom, the more ridiculous the church looks today. Also books by Frank MacEowen. As you search throughout the mist for facts, you will arrive at the mystics instead…there you will find wisdom. The mystics in all traditions have been banished by the corrupt search for power and wealth. Don’t believe that the Irish were illiterate during the time of the Druids either. Many Romans, Greeks, and Middle Easterners were in Galatia on the Tin Road. Druids didn’t write down their belief systems, but many writers claim that they wrote Greek. How did the monasteries become so learned so fast? Why are many of them in the same areas that the Druids trained their loremasters? Christianity was a better vehicle for native Irish spirituality than Druidism, evolution. Rome and its imperial church suppressed Celtic spirituality, but its coming back!

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