I decided to make this a new thread, as they could be a good discussion around this subject.
Alison said in the “keeping faith in lockdown” discussion that it “Would be good to learn more about the Celtic Christians :) (A)”
I wrote an essay on Celtic Christianity when I was at theological college, which I will attached to this post in case anyone is really really bored during lockdown. (It wasn’t my best work). But in short, they loved writing poetry and prayers. In fact, most of what we know about Celtic Christians belief comes from these poems and prayers.
the Celtic Christians had a real appreciation of the revelation of God through nature. They saw him as being imminently present within it, while also remaining transcendent to it. They loved going out into nature and spending time with God there and experience him, while at the same time it proclaimed to them the wonders and beauty of our God. Which some of you have been experiencing during this lockdown yourselves as you have been going out and seeing nature without the hustle and bustle of people.
They loved going on pilgrimage, in fact pilgrimage was an important aspect of their spirituality. However, pilgrimage looked very different to them than it looked during the Middle Ages and what it looks like to us today. In the Middle Ages it was about earning credit with God taking time off purgatory by going to religious sites, today as we talk about pilgrimage especially in relation to the year pilgrimage, we are talking about it as being a journey with God growing closer to him developing our spirituality. For the Celts pilgrimage was about going off into nature to meet God in it, to see where he would lead them and who they would encounter in order to proclaim the necessity of Jesus for salvation to them.
We also know that they had a high view of Scripture, they were thoroughly Trinitarian in their theology, and had a real focus on the necessity of Jesus full salvation and place a strong emphasis on living faithfully for him.
There are of course modern-day expressions of Celtic Christianity but I’m going to pretend they don’t exist for now (read my essay if you want to know why). So my conversation starting questions for you are;
Since this conversation started from remarks about the beauty of creation and seeing God within it;
what do you learn about God as you look at creation?
Does any aspect of Celtic Christianity peak your interest?
Do you have any favourite Celtic monuments?
Do you know of any poems or prayers that might be worthy of Celtic Christianity?