a land known for powerful druids, nomadic magicians, and widespread paganism, St. Patrick brought the Gospel of peace to an historically barbaric land. His mystical yet ascetic understanding of Christianity attracted the cult-following inhabitants of Ireland's rolling hills and led to a devout monastic tradition that still lives on today. This issue of Christian History & Biography lifts the mist and fog of myth and fable that surround ancient Celtic faith and allows this beautiful tradition to become visible once again.
The culture and faith of Celtic Christians.
Inside this issue you'll find:
- Patrick the Saint
- Ending Human Sacrifice - How Patrick may have convinced the Celts to turn from ritual killings to the one who "died for all."
- Rooted in the Tradition - Celtic Christianity is not as theologically unique as many have supposed.
- Ascetic Superstars - Irish monks and nuns are famous for their spiritual heroics.
- Iona's Tough Dove
- The Festive Abbess - Legendary Brigit brought joy and the burning presence of God.
- I Rise Today - The most famous Celtic prayer shows why the Celts are known for exalting both creation and the Creator.
- Missionary Inflexible - The handsome and hot-headed Columbanus was one of Western Europe's most successful evangelists ever.
- Be Thou My Vision - One of today's most popular hymns began as a medieval Irish prayer.
- Culture Clash - What happened when Roman and Celtic Christianity squared off at the Synod of Whitby?
- The Fury of the Northmen - The Viking invasions destroyed the glory of Celtic monasticism.
- Modern Myths of the Medieval Past
- The Gallery: The legendary exploits of four Celtic leaders.
Issue 60 (Volume XVII (17), Number 4)