Issue 60 How the Irish Were Saved

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Patrick and Celtic Christianity: Did You Know?

Fascinating facts about the Celts, Patrick, and Ireland.

the Editors

Patrick and Celtic Christianity: From the Editor

A tradition for neo-pagan times

Mark Galli

Patrick the Saint

Behind the fanciful legends of the fifth-century British missionary stands a man worthy of embellishment.

Mary Cagney

Ending Human Sacrifice

How Patrick may have convinced the Celts to turn from ritual killings to the one who died for all.

Thomas Cahill

Rooted in the Tradition

Celtic Christianity is not as theologically unique as many have supposed.

Gilbert Márkus

Ascetic Superstars

Irish monks and nuns are famous for their spiritual heroics.

Lisa Bitel

Iona's Tough Dove

Though named for a gentle bird, the ascetic Columba wielded enormous influence with chieftans and kings—even after he died.

Thomas Owen Clancy

The Festive Abbess

Legendary Brigit brought joy and the burning presence of God.

Kathy Mulhern

I Rise Today

The most famous Celtic prayer shows why the Celts are known for exalting both creation and the Creator.


Patrick and Celtic Christianity: A Gallery of Extravagant Tales of Remarkable Faith

The legendary exploits of four early Celtic leaders.

Kathy Mulhern

Be Thou My Vision

One of today’s popular hymns began as a medieval Irish prayer.

James D. Smith III

Culture Clash

What happened when Roman and Celtic Christianity squared off at the Synod of Whitby?

Louise Elaine Burton

The Fury of the Northmen

The Viking invasions destroyed the glory of Celtic monasticism.

Georgia Beaverson

The Link: Modern Myths of the Medieval Past

Much that is heralded as Celtic Christianity today is neither Celtic nor Christian.

Donald E. Meek

Patrick and Celtic Christianity: Recommended Resources

Recommended resources for further study of Patrick and Celtic Christianity.

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