In the film adaptation of “The Field”, the parish priest proclaims Christianity to be a “thin veneer” over Irish people, in a derogatory reference both the people and pre-Christian Paganism alike. This idea of Christianity being a thin veneer runs contrary to the notion of medieval Ireland being an “island of saints and scholars” but is there any truth to this idea? Exactly how Christian was early Irish Christianity?
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Posted in 5th century, 6th century, 7th century, Catholic Church, Christianity, Early Christian Ireland, early medieval, historiography, Irish history, Medieval Europe, Medieval history, Medieval Monasticism, O Neills, Paganism, Roman History, St Patrick, tagged christianity, conversion, kingship, lug, pagan, Pagan ritual, Paganism, St Brigid, tailtiu on March 30, 2011 | 5 Comments »