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From: Gil Hardwick <[log in to unmask]>
> I have merely asserted in the context of discussion on Celtic belief that
the Celts still living in "the Celtic lands" are in the minority, that
> their Christianity is not representative of Celtic belief generally.
Perhaps we are experiencing a language processing problem here. First, *if*
we are going to use the term Celtic to describe a modern people, I'm pretty
sure we all agree that the Welsh, Irish, and Gaelic speakers of Wales,
Ireland and Scotland meet the definition. I think we can also agree that the
majority of the population in those areas is, at least nominally,
Christian. Therefore Christianity would reflect the "general" belief system
of the "Celts".
Now if you are trying to say the Ancient Celts possessed a belief system
that has been adopted by a group of modern peoples, you are going to have to
demonstrate how that modern system derived from the Ancient belief and
Ancient sources to demonstrate the population in question actually espoused
Or you could just be honest like Sharon and Danielle, who I, at least,
haven't seen make statements that indicate Chrisitanity was not a religion
of Celtic populations since around 245 AD.