Christ of the Celts

Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation By J. Philip Newell San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanOne of the concerns I have about so-called "Celtic Christianity" is that it seems, well, so white. It's spirituality for nice middle-class white folks, who want to feel good about loving nature and embracing a basically liberal theology. I'm not saying that Celtic Christianity is racist so much as it is simply ethnic, rather than catholic (universal). So those misgivings … [Read more...]

Pelagius, Augustine, Original Sin, Orthodoxy, and the Celts…

In Christ of the Celts, J. Philip Newell takes aim at the conflict between Augustine and Pelagius over the question of original sin — a chickenfight that eventually resulted in Pelagius and Pelagianism getting condemned as heretical. Newell sees clear political ramifications in this doctrinal skirmish: The doctrine of original sin was a convenient "truth" for the builders of empire. They could continue to conquer the world and subdue peoples. And now they could do it with the authority of a d … [Read more...]

Four Dimensions of Christian Spirituality for Our Time

About a month ago I wrote this: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how my spiritual identity is shaped by the contemplative tradition (as exemplified by the Lay-Cistercian community where I am in formation), my Celtic heritage (of which I have written several books and which continues to inform much of my self-understanding as a Christian), my love for mysticism (primarily Christian mysticism, but extending into all the wisdom streams of the world) and the emergent conversation ( … [Read more...]


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