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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book.
This is a book that should be read by every Celt. It tells where we came from and gives direction without directing. It does it in highly readable form that will intimidate nobody. It does it from the view of a spiritual human who shares his journey with us and gives us a book to read and share. Please keep writing Timothy. We need you.
Published on 27 Jun 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Christianity a hope for Catholics today
Timothy Joyce does readers an excellent service by introducing them to Christianity from the Celtic tradition, all the more so if they too, like himself, come from an inherited Irish Catholicism that they have been trying to come to grips with in a rapidly changing world. He gives an overview of the Celtic culture and the spirituality of the Celtic peoples and their...
Published on 2 Oct 1998


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3.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Christianity a hope for Catholics today, 2 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope: A Spiritual Tradition for Today (Paperback)
Timothy Joyce does readers an excellent service by introducing them to Christianity from the Celtic tradition, all the more so if they too, like himself, come from an inherited Irish Catholicism that they have been trying to come to grips with in a rapidly changing world. He gives an overview of the Celtic culture and the spirituality of the Celtic peoples and their links with creation and the 'thin space' that was always a feature of Celtic peoples, made concrete through the ritual and ceremony of Druidic lore. He notes the early history of Christian mission through figures like Patrick, Bridgit, Columba and others and the development of Christianity that drew upon the wisdom and poetry of Celtic tradition in song and bardic verse. He then records the sad history of how the Roman or Euro-centric church with its nervous tendency to make everything uniform, influenced the church of Celtic Christians so that those of us who are of Irish Catholic descent have known little of the glory and freedom of the Celtic freshness for creation, for life, for love and commitment to the Gospel with the energy and whole-heartedness of those Celtic Christians. Joyce has a very readable style, in which he is unafraid to voice his own opinions which show a concern for certain fear-filled developments within the church today. 'Celtic Christianity' is not a great theological work, but I found it an excellent means to help me understand and integrate a part of my own heritage (New Zealand born Irish Catholic) that was full of mystery in tales of Fin McCool and leprechauns and, of course, St Patrick, and the fear of a law-bound, fearsome Catholic faith, one in which I am learning to understand the possibilities for hope and new life in the midst of a tendency for uniformity and centralising dominance afraid of the prophetic and poetic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Christianity: Timothy Joyce, 10 April 2011
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This review is from: Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope: A Spiritual Tradition for Today (Paperback)
Book arrived on time.

Interesting book and useful for laying the foundations for understanding why Ireland developed as it did. Not so useful for learning about the beginnings of Celtic Christianity
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book., 27 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope: A Spiritual Tradition for Today (Paperback)
This is a book that should be read by every Celt. It tells where we came from and gives direction without directing. It does it in highly readable form that will intimidate nobody. It does it from the view of a spiritual human who shares his journey with us and gives us a book to read and share. Please keep writing Timothy. We need you.
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