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Thread: Celtic Christianity and its Ties to the Eastern Christian Heritage

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    Post Re: Celtic Christianity

    One major difference between the Celtic Church and the Roman traditions is that the former refused (as do Protestants) to acknowledge the authority of the bishop of Rome (the Pope); they regarded Christ as the head of the Church on earth, and considered it un-Biblical for a man to usurp that position. When ordered by Augustine of Canterbury to submit to the authority of Rome, Dionoth, the Abbot of Bangor in Wales, replied, "We desire to love all men, and what we do for you, we will do for him also whom you call the pope. But he is not entitled to call himself the father of fathers, and the only submission we can render him is that which we owe to every Christian".

    The system of church government appears to have been less hierarchical than that of the Roman Church.

    There were also differences in customs, many of which in the Celtic church seem to have more in common with the Eastern churches.

    But there were still many other customs which they had in common with the other churches of western Europe.

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    Post Re: intesting article about Celtic Christianity

    Some knowledge of the early Celtic church can be gained from Bede (who was a proponent of the Roman Catholic tradition).

    Here he writes about the words of churchmen sent to the British Isles by the Pope:

    “The Irish at first utterly refused to hold communion with the ecclesiastics sent into England by the bishop of Rome. ‘When the apostolic see,’ says one of these strangers, ‘sent us to these Western parts to preach to pagan nations, we came into this island which is called Britain, without possessing any previous knowledge of its inhabitants. We held both the Britons and the Irish in great esteem for sanctity, believing that they proceeded according to the custom of the catholic Church; but, becoming acquainted with the errors of the Britons, we thought the Irish had been better; yet we have been informed by bishop Dagan coming into this island . . . that the Irish in no way differ from the Britons in their behaviour; for bishop Dagan, coming to us, not only refused to eat with us, but even to take his repast in the same house where we were entertained.”

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    Post Re: Celtic Christianity

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhydderch
    One major difference between the Celtic Church and the Roman traditions is that the former refused (as do Protestants) to acknowledge the authority of the bishop of Rome (the Pope); they regarded Christ as the head of the Church on earth, and considered it un-Biblical for a man to usurp that position. When ordered by Augustine of Canterbury to submit to the authority of Rome, Dionoth, the Abbot of Bangor in Wales, replied, "We desire to love all men, and what we do for you, we will do for him also whom you call the pope. But he is not entitled to call himself the father of fathers, and the only submission we can render him is that which we owe to every Christian".

    The system of church government appears to have been less hierarchical than that of the Roman Church.

    There were also differences in customs, many of which in the Celtic church seem to have more in common with the Eastern churches.

    But there were still many other customs which they had in common with the other churches of western Europe.
    A lot of Chriustian Greeks, Egyptians and others from the East moved to Ireland, and this is the reason why the Irish preserved the Greek classics.

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