Christ of the Celts (BK)
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J Philip Newell
The healing of creation
Internationally acclaimed for his work on Celtic spirituality, John Philip Newell here addresses the question Who is Christ for us today?
As increasing numbers of people are attracted to the Celtic vision with its focus on the environment and its sense of the sacred existing in all things and creatures, the author explores what it is that makes Celtic spirituality particularly relevant for the modern world. In doing so he draws on long-hidden documents, such as The Gospel of Thomas, The Secret Book of John and The Acts of John and the great teachers of the Celtic world such as Irenaeus, Eriugena and Teilhard de Chardin.
To look at Christ in the light of Celtic spirituality brings up for examination the divisive doctrines of the past that had more to do with the states need to control people than with any true spiritual teaching. By contrast, a spirituality that combines the best features of the Celtic heritage with the new earth consciousness of today is one of essential harmony between Christ and creation. At the core of Christ’s teaching is the truth that we are most deeply divine precisely when we are most deeply human, and in reclaiming Christianity for the people and the human soul lies the potential for its rebirthing as a spirituality relevant for the 21st century.