Christians Speaking Welsh by Preston Jones

Christians Speaking Welsh

Winds of Change: The Roman Catholic Church and Society in Wales 1916-1962
by Trystan Owain Hughes
Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999
(291 pages; £25.00, paper)

by Preston Jones

Had Wales not converted to Protestantism in general and, by the nineteenth century, to Evangelicalism in particular, it’s unlikely that the country’s ancient tongue would have survived to the extent it has. Welsh is the healthiest of all the Celtic languages: over 20 percent of the inhabitants of Wales speak it.

Most Welsh-speakers know that their mother tongue survived in Sunday schools and nonconformist (i.e., non-Anglican) chapels. This truth pervades Welsh cu . . .