Written by John Philip Newell, one of the foremost experts on Celtic spirituality, this moving book offers a reflection on the “forgotten” Jesus, the Christ of the ancient Celtic tradition.
Drawing on the gospels of Thomas and the Acts of John and on the writings of Irenaeus, Eriugena, and Teilhard de Chardin, the author ignites us with the possibilities that can come from understanding this ancient spiritual tradition. The Celtic Christ offers new hope for achieving harmony, healing, and renewal for human beings and for all of creation.
Newell connects the Celtic tradition with our more conventional Christian beliefs and offers a vision of concern for healing creation and the environment — for the presence of the sacred in nature and all creatures. This was the essence of the ancient Celtic version of Christ. As an ever-unfolding mystery of life rather than a one-time event, the Celtic tradition encourages us to revere the matter of our bodies and the earth.
John 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.
Audio version also available.
“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