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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Provides a thought provoking examination of the spirit religion which flourished on the islands of Britain during the Dark Ages.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Element Books (first published 1995)
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Pat Loughery
Duncan's Celtic Christianity is a well-researched history of Celtic Christianity.

I particularly appreciated the discussion of Augustine's cultural context and the impact of a his own conversion experience and cultural context on his understanding of sin and the human body (which led to his doctrine of inherited sin, which fueled Calvinism's Total Depravity doctrine, ...)
Steve
Jun 06, 2008 Steve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians interested in different traditions
An engaging insight into some of the history and culture of Celtic Christianity, this book contains some interesting ideas (e.g. the difference between the Western Church and the Celtic Church is the difference between an organisation and an organism), and some inspiring excerpts from prayers and Celtic writings. However, the book as a whole suffers from a rather patchy and haphazard account of the history of the Church, and a bias against the Western/Roman church, and particularly against St Au ...more
George Owen
I've read this several times over almost a 30 year period and am amazed at how much more it speaks to me each time. It did not seem like much on first reading. It does not carry much weight as rigorous, devotional or inspirational. But there are aspects of each of these lying beneath its rather informal conversational sharing of ideas and feelings. And Duncan's core assertions resonate more deeply and urgently with me each time I read this book. As a spiritual being living out the remainder of t ...more
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