Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

by J. Philip Newell
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Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation by J. Philip Newell

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470183502
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 272,163
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

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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Table of Contents

Prelude vii

Chapter 1: The Memory of the Song 1

Chapter 2: A Forgotten Tune 17

Chapter 3: The Rhythm of the Earth 31

Chapter 4: Empty Notes 47

Chapter 5: The Sound of Love 61

Chapter 6: Paying the Piper 77

Chapter 7: The Hymn of the Universe 93

Chapter 8: Broken Cadences 107

Postlude 123

Notes 133

The Author 139

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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