Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation
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Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

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by J. Philip Newell
     
 

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Christ of the Celts

"I explore the Celtic image of Christ as the Memory of what we have forgotten. He remembers the dance of the universe and the harmony that is deep within all things. He is the Memory also of who we are."
—from the Prelude

"Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global

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Christ of the Celts

"I explore the Celtic image of Christ as the Memory of what we have forgotten. He remembers the dance of the universe and the harmony that is deep within all things. He is the Memory also of who we are."
—from the Prelude

"Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces and fundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth."
—Publishers Weekly

"This graceful, wise, and important book is a superb introduction to the treasures of Celtic Christianity for our time."
—Marcus Borg, author, The Heart of Christianity

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Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces and fundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth.An international retreat leader who is the former warden of Scotland’s Iona abbey, the author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God argues we discover unity as we become connected to one another and “allow ourselves to be surprised by the Presence that is within creation and within the human soul.” Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources both within and outside the conventional Christian canon, Newell is critical of, and offers alternatives to, ancient Christian doctrines like creation ex nihilo (out of nothing), original sin and substitutionary atonement. Although the volume has some winning and touching anecdotes about the writer’s own spiritual journey and heroes, it is frustratingly gauzy in parts. Written with an inviting sensitivity to other faith traditions, this introduction to a “Celtic Christ” will most likely appeal to those who find Christ-tinged creation spirituality in an interfaith context appealing. (May) (Publishers Weekly, March 2008)

Countless Americans already know Newell's inspirational voice — calling to them to re-engage their spiritual senses through popular books like Listening for the Heartbeat of God. Now, Newell takes a startlingly different approach toward readers and offers a full-fledged manifesto that seeks to reshape the way most Western Christians think about the core of their faith.—(http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2008/05/166-conversatio.html)

Publishers Weekly

Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces and fundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth.An international retreat leader who is the former warden of Scotland's Iona abbey, the author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God argues we discover unity as we become connected to one another and "allow ourselves to be surprised by the Presence that is within creation and within the human soul." Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources both within and outside the conventional Christian canon, Newell is critical of, and offers alternatives to, ancient Christian doctrines like creation ex nihilo (out of nothing), original sin and substitutionary atonement. Although the volume has some winning and touching anecdotes about the writer's own spiritual journey and heroes, it is frustratingly gauzy in parts. Written with an inviting sensitivity to other faith traditions, this introduction to a "Celtic Christ" will most likely appeal to those who find Christ-tinged creation spirituality in an interfaith context appealing. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470183502
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/16/2008
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
275,362
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

J. Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico.

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Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
robkin20 More than 1 year ago
Newell has put forth a powerful book here, that questions several doctrines handed down through the centuries from the Roman church: original sin, creation ex nihilo, and substitutionary atonement, and others... Doctrines like this ARE important in that they portray God in religious ways that may not be the way He REALLY is. In a personal and spiritual memoir style, he examines these critically in light of a Celtic spirituality that opposes them, and exposes them as the 'convenient' doctrines of an empire that was bent on dominating and suppressing the various cultures it encountered. He references the spiritual teachings of Pelagius, Eriugena, Alexander Scott, Julian of Norwich, Aelred of Rievaulx, and Teilhard de Chardin that counter these doctrines from a Celtic world view. I recommend this book to readers with open and searching minds who desire to know God outside the boundaries of Roman/Western/American Christendom.
discerningwoman More than 1 year ago
J. Philip Newell never ceases to take me further along my personal spiritual path. His way of stating beliefs is so empowering, to use an "overused" word! Celtic history has been something I have longed for and I will continue to read this author and grow within myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago