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Interests [Jan. 27th, 2005|05:03 pm]
Interest Meme

* Scan my interest list in my userinfo and pick out the one that seems the oddest to you.

* I'll explain it.

* Then you post this in your journal so other people can ask you about your interests.

From: revdrsyn
2005-01-28 06:23 am (UTC)
Hmmmm ... I understand all of your interests, but explain Celtic Christianity to me. I keep seeing that mentioned.
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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2005-01-31 05:37 pm (UTC)
Celtic Christianity is a different theological take than other forms of Christianity. Most people seem to get into it because of the nature connection, but for me it is broader.

I think, part of what I like is that it doesn't have a dichotomy between the sacred and the secular. I think that is where the Celtic love of nature comes from - the nature world is sacred because God made it. But also, any encounter of anyone who crosses your path is in a way a holy encounter because they are a person made in the image of God. And one of my favourites - the dismissal of the Greek notion of the body being at war with the soul.

I read a thought-provoking theory last year: it isn't the body that's at war with the soul. If we must blame anything, blame the mind for that's where hatred, anger, lust, pride, greed, and self-centredness originate. The body is neutral. We can use it to live out the evil thoughts of the mind, or to serve God by holding, hugging, helping, feeding, visiting, cleaning, etc. He concluded by saying that it is not that the soul is trapped inside the body, but that the body is within the soul and it is the soul's tool of self-expression if we allow it to be.

It's hard to sum up a theology in a few sentences.
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