In my class on Celtic Christianity Dr. Purves listed some characteristics of Celtic Christianity that he is discovering i his reading. I was struck how the mindset and worldview of the Celts lined up with many postmodern Christians. I have heard it said before that the premodern (the Celts) era is very similar to the postmodern era. Could these not also be characteristics of an incarnated church in a postmodern and post-Christendom, 21st century culture?
- Embodiedness, for the Celts life was whole; there was no split between body and spirit
- They had a strong sense of the immanence the nearness of God especially on earth
- The believed in and depended on the Power of God and the supernatural
- They were Penitential
- They had a Sacramental world view
- They were Ascetics – they like it tough and with self denial
- Strongly affective, relational and communal
- Liminality – the distance between heaven and earth is very thin
- They were Perepatic people or wonderers, journeyers; yet for whom home was important
- They were non-hierarchical and communitarian
- They were oral people, story tellers
Man I would love to hear your thoughts on this!