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Nancy Jones: “The Celtic Nature of Anglicanism”

March 7, 2012

If you have been fascinated by the Celtic background of Anglicanism, or simply want to know more about this earliest strain of Christianity in Britain, I think you will find The Celtic Nature of Anglicanism by Nancy Jones of Life in Covenant to be very much worth reading.  Her introduction sets the stage quite well:

There is a thread that runs through Anglicanism, one that has done so from the earliest days of Christendom in the British Isles.  It is what some would term blood memory[1]—a corporate (or tribal) understanding of the way in which the Anglican life is to be lived out.  For many, the thread is a mere wisp of smoke—a sensory echo that one is not fully aware of yet will automatically respond to when coming into contact with it.  Others are a bit more aware and, though not actively seeking the thread, acknowledge it while at the same time being unable to put a name to it.  Still others, a small minority, are keenly aware of this thread, not only recognizing it for what it is and naming it rightly, they are deliberate in their efforts to seek it out and maintain it.  This group knows that thread to be the Celtic nature of Anglicanism—an elusive connection to the earliest of our Anglican heritage.

It is this elusive connection to which we now turn, attempting to discern its flavor and flow that entices us like a sweet-smelling aroma; endeavoring to seek out the warp and woof of that single thread, the strands of which, three cord strong,[2] ever bind us one to another—by family, by community, by church, by faith.

This essay or paper can be very helpful, I think, in understanding a very essential part of the background of Anglicanism, and I think you’ll find it very interesting.

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