Retrieving Celtic Spirituality

“The retrieval of Celtic spirituality has been an important development in religious thought over the past hundred years.  It allows us to put back together things that were separated in the English-speaking world after the year 597.  …  With the decline of Celtic spirituality, Western Christianity lost much of its wildness, its uncontrolled and risk edge.  … I need the wildness of nature to enliven my reading of the sacred word.  My soul requires a boisterous exercise of faith, allowing the Spirit to blow where it wishes.  Many people today long for an authentic spiritual experience.  They expect it to be dangerous.  They’re ready when necessary to “chuck up everything” and venture out, yielding to the longing that arises within.  For my own part, even my own name demands it.”

pp. 44-45, Backpacking with Saints, Belden Lane

This part of this book touches on my giving up on seminary at Princeton.  Christianity as it is practiced in Protestantism and Catholocism is too “domesticated” for me.  I believe the Qur’an and the Bible both point to Spirit.  Spirit is beyond a single book.  I am interested to learn more about Celtic beliefs that Lane alludes to here.  I remember being told in seminary that I should look at Celtic Christianity.  Curious to see what I can find on the Appalachian Trail about this topic…

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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