IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 222: Aspects of the Natural World in Celtic Christianity

Monday 7 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Organiser:Dan Tipp, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Wooding, Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Paper 222-aSanctus, sanctior, sanctissimus: The Defining of a Religious Landscape in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
David Jenkins, / Carlisle Cathedral
Paper 222-bThe Saint and the Natural World: The Use of Segue in the Hagiography of Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Dan Tipp, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Paper 222-cEcology and Eschatology in 7th-Century Ireland
(Language: English)
Nathan Millin, University College Dublin
Abstract

This session is a discussion of the significance of the natural world in early Christian Ireland as expressed through a variety of literary sources. Each paper will explore the relationship between theology and the environment in which the literature was conceived. A variety of themes will be discussed such as the definition of religious landscape, sanctity, the natural world as a liminal boundary, ecology, and eschatology. It will be demonstrated that there was a harmonious relationship between the early Irish Church and the natural environment that was integral in the definition of a variety of theological hermeneutics.