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"Cuimhnichibh air na daoine bho'n d'thainig sibh." ("Remember the people whom you come from." -Old Gaelic Proverb)


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Celtic Monasticism

 

 Celtic Christian - Seven Distinctives:

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"I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three."
-St. Patrick

  • Christ first: spiritually oriented (as opposed to politically).
  • Equality: in Christ there is neither male nor female.
  • Life: Holy living including respect for God's creation.
  • The Great Commission: missionary minded.
  •  Immanence: God is everywhere. No divide of sacred and secular.
  • Community:  Fellowship that is monastery oriented.

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(Celtic Christianity: Categories On This Page Relating to Celtic Christian Spirituality)

  • 1. General Celtic Christian

  • 2. Favorite Celtic Christian Monks

  • 3. Celtic Christian Book Reviews

  • 4. Celtic Christian Movie Reviews

  • 5. Reformation Era Celtic Christian

  • 6. Other Celtic Christian Website "Links"

  • 7.  Celtic Christian / Common Christian

  • 8. The Prayer Foundation (Current Evangelical Celtic Christian)

(Keltoi, Keltai, Celtæ, Galatai, Galli, Gael): First mentioned in literature by the Greek historian Herodotus.  First mentioned in the New Testament with the conversion of the Galatians by the Apostle Paul.

    The Greeks called them "Keltoi" ("strangers, or hidden").  The Romans called them "Galli" ("to conceal"), from which the word "Gaul" comes.  

It is not known for certain when Christianity first arrived in the British Isles.  There are several legendary accounts portraying it arriving almost immediately after the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

We do know that the Galatians were Celts.  These also may have spread the faith to their  brethren in Britain even while the Apostle Paul was still completing his missionary journeys in the Mediterranean.

 "About A.D. 208  Tertullian exultingly declared 'that places in Britain not yet visited by Romans were subject to Christ.' " *

The Romans withdrew from the areas of Britain under their control several hundred years later, about A.D.  410. ___________________________________________________________ 

* Adv. Judæos 7: "Britannorum inaccessa Romanis loca, Christo vero subdita."  Bishop Kaye, (Tertull., P. 94)  understands this passage as referring to the farthest extremities of Britain.  So Burton II. 207: "Parts of the island which had not been visited by the Romans."  See Bright, P.5.  (Philip Schaff; "History of the Christian  Church"; Vol. 4, Medieval Christianity A.D. 590-1173; Section 8. The Britons; P.25).

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aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Hope - looks first for good rather than for evil in all things.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Equality - regards all persons as equal and erases the separation between men and women, clergy and laity, etc.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Mystery - speaks to the mystical awe of God that arises from understanding the limitations of human knowledge.  Much of the Christian subculture is bureaucratic, programmatic, and political.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Environment - encourages earth-keeping as a way to honor God in stewardship of His Creation.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Holism - refuses to separate life into the spiritual and material, the heart and head, the sacred days and workdays, etc.  (instead has an awareness of the sacred in all times and places).  Most Christians tend to compartmentalize life.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Immanence - teaches that God is present with His creation.

aball1i.gif (324 bytes) Simplicity - lacks the emphasis on complicated rationalistic doctrine found in most of Western Christianity.

(-Modified somewhat and rearranged, from the website of the Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church; Lynchburg, Virgina). ______________

Evangelicals:

We of The Prayer Foundation stand in the tradition and teaching of C. S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Martin Luther, Luis Palau, Walter Martin, Fritz Ridenour, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, Paul E. Little, and John R. W. Stott.

Our Prayer Heroes include E. M. Bounds, George Muller, and Hudson Taylor.

We also draw inspiration in our Christian walk from  Francis of Assisi, and from St. Patrick and other ancient Celtic Christian Monks.

Our beliefs are stated in our Statement of Faith, and in What We Believe

We hold to all of the basic teachings of the historic Christian Faith held by all Christians at all times (whether Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic), as expressed in the Nicene Creed.

1.) As Evangelicals, we accept the Bible as God's Word, and view Scripture as the final authority for faith and practice.  

2.) As Evangelicals, we proclaim the need for a conversion experience resulting in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, as personal Lord and Saviour; the way, the truth, and the life, and the only way by which fallen man can come to God.  

3.) As Evangelicals, we maintain the Biblical witness of the Incarnation, of the Resurrection, of Christ's complete Atonement for our sins through his precious shed blood, and of the 2nd Coming of Christ.

4.) As Evangelicals, we look to the Holy Spirit as enabler in personal evangelism and in fulfillment of Christ's Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world. _____________