Christians (St. Patrick in particular) get the blame for the end of
Druidic Paganism, it was another group of Pagans, the Romans, that
actually started the decline of Druidism in the British Isles. When the
Romans first reached the shores of the Britain, the Romans recorded
that the Druids were there to greet them by throwing curses and spells
on them to stop their invasion. The result of all this sorcery by the
"powerful" Druids was...the Romans conquered them anyway. It seems the
magic of the Druids was about as successful as that of any occultist
nowadays. Another often neglected fact...the Romans were Pagans
and persecuted the British Christians as well.
The idea of wide scale persecution to convert the
people of the
British Isles simply is not accurate. When Rome decided to send a
missionary expedition to the British Isles in the 8th century, they
were surprised to find the Christian Church was already well
established there. The Celtic Church had been established at least by
the 6th century, and had evolved independently of Rome
and had a few minor differences, (such as a different holiday calendar
for instance), but it was definitely Christian! According to some
accounts, Joseph of Arimathea established the first Christian Church in
the British Isles circa 35 A.D. The New Testament records that Paul
evangelized the Gauls (Celts) of Spain and Turkey. It's also believed
he traveled to the the British Isles as well.
People of the Neopagan mindset seem to think that
2,000 years of
Celtic involvement in Christianity are just simply somehow irrelevant.
The Bible is
the greatest testament to the Celtic Christianity, containing Paul's
Epistle to the Gauls of Turkey (Galatians). Mass conversion of
peoples from Pagan religions to Christianity was nearly bloodless, but
no one seems to bother to ask why the Celts thought Christianity was a
better deal. The transition of Paganism to Christianity is part of the
history of the Celtic people. Christianity IS the religion of the
Celts, and has been for almost 2,000 years! To try to make an archaic
leap back to the superstitions they abandoned by choice is to basically
write off one's ancestors as irrelevant, and trying to find one's roots
is supposedly what Neoapaganism is about.
ST. PATRICK A BAD GUY???
A popular Wicca book titled Witta: An Irish Pagan Tradition
purports to be a
book about "Irish Wicca" in ancient times. The book riddled with
inaccuracies and inventions that are passed off as facts. St. Patrick
for instance is painted as a villain who destroys Irish civilization,
when exactly the opposite is true. According to Wiccan and feminist
Edian McCoy, St. Patrick was apparently some kind of one man dynamo who
managed single handed to convert Ireland!
"The arrival in Antrim of a young Caledonian slave named Succat would
hardly seem of historical note. But the slave boy became St. Patrick,
patron saint of Ireland and the person who single-handedly opened the
island to mass Christianization."
She doesn’t mention how Patrick was able to
accomplish this feat. And
it doesn’t seem to occur to her, if the Irish were so all-fired happy
being Druids, why did they reject it for Christianity? Obviously, he
couldn’t "force" everyone to accept, being one person. Also, if the
Druids were so powerful, why did they not simply put a spell on St.
Patrick and be done with him? Didn’t their magic work? Der hey. Weren’t
the gods and goddesses of the Druids more powerful than the Christian's
"slave god" as occultists seem to think?
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