Celtic Spirituality Revisited
Andrew Garnett on Insights from the Rule of Columbanus
“Celtic Christianity” is a nebulous term. It is popularly used to refer to a unique form of Christianity that purportedly flourished in the British Isles (particularly Wales, Scotland, and Ireland) from the fourth century until the Synod of Whitby in 664. The existence of a distinctive Celtic church is frequently questioned, with most now believing that the Celtic church was no more idiosyncratic than any other regional church; there were unique aspects to be sure, but the Celtic church was generally in step with the rest of the Christian world. Indeed, the main ruling of the Synod of Whitby, the event commonly considered the death knell of an independent Celtic church, was that the churches of . . .