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North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history. If we are to succeed in reaching the West . . . again, then we must begin by learning from these powerful witnesses to the saving love of Jesus Christ.
This classic book on the power of indigenous evangelism has been thoroughly revised and updated, proving once again how much these ancient Christians have to teach anyone who seeks to spread the word of the gospel.
Preface to the Second Edition ix
Chapter 1 The Gospel to the Irish 1
Chapter 2 A New Kind of Community, a New Kind of Life 14
Chapter 3 To the Picts, the Anglo-Saxons, and Other "Barbarians" 25
Chapter 4 The Celtic Christian Community in Formation and Mission 36
Chapter 5 How Celtic Christianity Communicated the Gospel 46
Chapter 6 The Missionary Perspective of Celtic Christianity 71
Chapter 7 The Relevance of First-Millennium Celtic Christianity for Third-Millennium Western Christianity 90
Chapter 8 The Celtic Future of the Christian Movement in the West 101
Selected Bibliography on Celtic Christianity 147