Robinson, Martin Rediscovering the Celts

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Rediscovering the Celts

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Martin Robinson explores renewed contemporary interest in Celtic Christianity. He draws lessons from the success of the Celtic church which brought a new message to pagan Britain centuries ago.

Much has been made of rediscovering Celtic spirituality in recent years. Indeed, many have felt this has been a spiritual ‘homecoming’ for them.

But how should contemporary Christians respond to this phenomenon?

In Rediscovering the Celts, Martin Robinson explores the flowering of the uniquely Celtic expression of Christianity in history. He warns against romanticising it, but highlights the elements of Celtic Christianity that are of lasting value.

He uncovers the hallmarks of the Celtic Church’s missionary success – its part in the transformation of society, its approach to worship and spirituality, its immersion in Scripture and its relationship with the marginalised.

Much of what he relates resonates with our concerns for society today, enabling us to gain a balanced insight from the true witness of the Celtic Church.

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The influence of the Celts on Britain's religious heritage is often romanticised and glorified--or else completely ignored. In this well-researched book, Martin Robinson treads a common-sense middle path. Rediscovering the Celts is subtitled "The true witness from Western shores". Christianity was in Ireland before Patrick began his ministry; probably in 432 AD, there were Christians of a non-Roman variety already there. Similarly, Augustine of Canterbury arrived in Britain in 597 AD, and found (in the words of Bede) that he could not "obtain the compliance of the Britons, who stubbornly preferred their own customs to those in universal use among Christian Churches". Celtic Christians had their own ways of doing things, and did not take well to the imposition of Roman ways.

Celtic Christianity was focused more on monasteries than on the hierarchy of bishops; it was more about spirituality than about power. Robinson tells the story illustrated with fascinating accounts of Celtic saints--it is not so much the often told and idealised tale of an earlier, purer version of Christianity that was stamped out by Rome's authoritarianism, but more of a group of dedicated believers with a diversity of practices, who over several centuries evangelised much of Britain. What can we learn from Celtic Christianity? Robinson suggests we can draw on "the affirmation of women and the feminine, the embrace of the natural world, an identification with the poor, the inclusion of laity in the monastic life, and the positive place of the arts in community life." An enjoyable and informative book. --David V Barrett

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Much has been made of rediscovering Celtic spirituality in recent years. Indeed, many have felt this has been a spiritual 'homecoming' for them. But how should contemporary Christians respond to this phenomena?

In 'Rediscovering the Celts', Martin Robinson explores the flowering of the uniquely Celtic expression of Christianity in history. He warns against romanticising it, and highlights the elements of Celtic Christianity that are of lasting value.

He uncovers the hallmarks of the Celtic Church's missionary success – its involvement in the transformation of society, its approach to worship and spirituality, and its immersion in scripture.

Much of what her relates resonates with our concern for society today, enabling us to gain a real and balanced insight from the witness of the Celtic Church.

Dr Martin Robinson is Director of Mission and Theology for the British and Foreign Bible Society. He is the author of 'Sacred Places, Pilgrim Paths' and numerous other books.

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Published by Zondervan (2000)
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