Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation  -     By: J. Philip Newell
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Jossey-Bass / 2008 / Hardcover

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"Newell, who once was warden of the Iona Abbey in the western isles of Scotland, assumes that the creation and the human body are essentially good, and that this is an affirmation shared by the Hebrew tradition and Celtic spirituality, in contrast to much of Western Christianity,"---Christian Century. 160 pages, hardcover. Jossey-Bass.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0470183500
ISBN-13: 9780470183502
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Author Bio

J. Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico.

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"This graceful, wise, and important book is a superb introduction to the treasures of Celtic Christianity for our time." —Marcus Borg, author, The Heart of Christianity

Author Bio

J. Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico.

Publisher Description

"I explore the Celtic image of Christ as the Memory of what we have forgotten. He remembers the dance of the universe and the harmony that is deep within all things. He is the Memory also of who we are." —from the Prelude

Publisher's Weekly

Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces and fundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth.An international retreat leader who is the former warden of Scotland’s Iona abbey, the author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God argues we discover unity as we become connected to one another and “allow ourselves to be surprised by the Presence that is within creation and within the human soul.” Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources both within and outside the conventional Christian canon, Newell is critical of, and offers alternatives to, ancient Christian doctrines like creation ex nihilo (out of nothing), original sin and substitutionary atonement. Although the volume has some winning and touching anecdotes about the writer’s own spiritual journey and heroes, it is frustratingly gauzy in parts. Written with an inviting sensitivity to other faith traditions, this introduction to a “Celtic Christ” will most likely appeal to those who find Christ-tinged creation spirituality in an interfaith context appealing. (May)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face offear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces andfundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of CelticChristianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth.Aninternational retreat leader who is the former warden ofScotland’s Iona abbey, the author of Listening for theHeartbeat of God argues we discover unity as we becomeconnected to one another and “allow ourselves to be surprisedby the Presence that is within creation and within the humansoul.” Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources bothwithin and outside the conventional Christian canon, Newell iscritical of, and offers alternatives to, ancient Christiandoctrines like creation ex nihilo (out of nothing), original sinand substitutionary atonement. Although the volume has some winningand touching anecdotes about the writer’s own spiritualjourney and heroes, it is frustratingly gauzy in parts. Writtenwith an inviting sensitivity to other faith traditions, thisintroduction to a “Celtic Christ” will most likelyappeal to those who find Christ-tinged creation spirituality in aninterfaith context appealing. (May) (PublishersWeekly, March 2008)

Countless Americans already know Newell's inspirational voice --calling to them to re-engage their spiritual senses through popularbooks like Listening for the Heartbeat of God. Now, Newelltakes a startlingly different approach toward readers and offers afull-fledged manifesto that seeks to reshape the way most WesternChristians think about the core of their faith.--(http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2008/05/166-conversatio.html)

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 6, 2008
    Martin Farrell
    J. Philip Newell has been writing Celtic Christian material for years. I consider him to be the most insightful follower of the Celtic Way of Spirituality. This book puts together all the theology we follow in a simple but challenging format. Be prepared to think of God beyond the box most Western Christians keep Him in! Hopefully, this will lead you to experience the intimacy of the ever present Source of all life...
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