The early Christians of Ireland developed an expression of the faith characterized by deep devotion and fascinating stories, Newman said. It offers rich insights for modern issues such as promoting a caring society, relating to the natural world and welcoming strangers.
Writers often use the metaphor of journey or pilgrimage to describe the Christian life. What distinguishes this book and its development of that theme is its invitation to readers to experience their personal faith journeys through Celtic lenses. Pilgrimage is part of the DNA of Celtic Christians. The faith spread and flourished in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern England between the 5th and 11th centuries because saints like Patrick, Brigid, and Columba traveled extensively, preaching, teaching, and founding monasteries. Soon small groups of Christians began to go out from these locations and begin new Christian communities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rodney Newman holds degrees from the University of Tulsa and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as associate pastor and senior pastor in United Methodist churches in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Purcell, Oklahoma. He joined the staff at Oklahoma City University in June of 2007 where he provides pastoral care and teaches on Celtic Christianity. He has been featured on Huffington Post. A native of Coweta, Oklahoma, he lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and children.