Celtic Christianity and Nature : The Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions
Love of nature is often said to be one of the characteristic features of Celtic Christianity. This work describes how native beliefs about nature were rejected, transformed or restated as the peoples of early medieval Ireland and the Hebrides made Christianity their own. With close reference to the literature of the period it examines the importance of land, hills and mountains, water, trees, fire, the sun and the elements in early Christian and biblical imagery. At a time when Celtic Christianity is increasingly romanticized, this work sets out to put the subject back onto a solid scholarly footing. Extensive primary source material is reproduced in translation.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 172 x 230 x 24mm | 659.99g
- 01 Feb 1997
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Sun and fire; contours of the land; wells, rivers and loughs; trees; God and the elements; nature poetry and primal indignation; conclusion.