These guys ain't Wiccan! They were already ancient when Wicca was created in 1950.
Gray also rejects the idea that Celts
worshiped trees or stones...a
fact that has been well documented for centuries! Many primitive
peoples, both ancient and modern, believed trees and rocks had spirits
(animism). The Celts were no different...but still wrong. She doesn’t
cite a single source for her claim, she is simply revising history to
Far from being the villains of history,
ancient Christian monks of
Ireland are credited with actually saving Western Civilization from
barbarians (another group of Pagans!). What information remains about
Celtic Irish Paganism is due in a large part to the writings of St.
Patrick. So if Patrick was so desperate to obliterate Celtic Paganism,
why did he do this? The truth is Celtic Paganism was being voluntarily
abandoned by most folks for the Christianity, and it didn’t need a lot
of help from Patrick. The Romans were a highly literate people who
prized books and education, and had public libraries. By the time of
Emperor Constantine's reign, there were twenty-eight public libraries
in Rome. Where Roman power went, and it spread far indeed, schools and
libraries were founded. Neopagans would have you believe Romans simply
went from village to village yelling "Accept Christianity or die!", and
bringing wholesale ignorance in the process. It simply is not true, and
it did not happen this way.
Pagan Rome never conquered Ireland and as a
result the Celtic Irish
were illiterate without cities or the things of civilization. This is a
far cry from the image of the godlike "wise ones" Wiccans would have us
think populated ancient Ireland. About forty years before the final
fall of Rome to the barbarian Odoacer, St. Patrick took Christianity to
Ireland, and with it, literacy and a love of reading and writing.
Patrick succeeded in doing what Pagan Rome had failed, namely, bringing
a love of reading and writing to the Irish people,. Monasteries were
founded which became repositories of learning, and without the
Christianity Neopagans so despise, it would have never happened.. In
about thirty years, Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity, bringing
literacy and learning, and he did so without killing anyone. Sorry
Wiccans, but it's true! Refer to How The Irish Saved Civilization for
more information of how Christianity help enrich the lives of the Irish.
Once again Christians suffered
persecution of Pagans in a new form. It
was not in a coliseum facing death by lions while Pagan crowds cheered.
Barbaric hordes of Pagan Vandals, Goths, Saxons, Huns and others
burned, looted and murdered across Europe during the 6th and 7th
centuries. The Irish monks kept on building abbeys. They went in search
to find more and more books. They found books in Coptic, Greek, Latin,
and Hebrew, of which they made numerous copies. Since the Pagan
barbarians eliminated all the libraries on the European Continent the
abbeys of Ireland became only libraries. Yes, if it hadn't been for
Christians (those mean old "xtians" Wiccans hate so much), there would
have been no libraries. Because of Pagans, libraries were destroyed
Neopagans and Wiccans, with their voluminous libraries would probably
faint at the idea!
During the Middle Ages, the
illiterate kings and rulers of the Franks,
Angles, Saxons, and Burundians asked the Irish Christian monks to come
and educate their sons. Irish Christian clerics were invited to build
monasteries , libraries and schools in towns across Europe, and cities
such as Paris, Ghent, Glastonbury, Rome, Verona, Salzburg, and Mainz.
You read that right, they were invited. Even when they went somewhere
they were not invited to at first, they came with their faith and their
books, which quickly made them welcome guests. People wanted to learn
to read and write then, just as people do now, and Christians knew how.
Christians were the "wise ones", NOT Pagans or witches!
As a result of the rise of the Western Pagan
barbarian tribes and fall
of Rome, all the countries of the Western Roman Empire fell into
ignorance. It was really PAGANS who brought on these Dark Ages. It was
by saving the books that the Irish Christians saved civilization.
Despite what Neopagans think, these Pagans were not wise teachers and
bearers of light, but were murdering marauders!
Had it not been for the Christian monks of Ireland,
probably not be where it is today. We would probably just be at the
renaissance level by now, if even that. It is a travesty to the memory
of those brave Christian monks who saved Western civilization to paint
them as some kind of murdering villains! Christianity brought literacy
and ended ignorance and superstition. This is a fact that Christians
must begin reinforcing, and Neopagans must learn to accept! The idea
that Christianity brought ignorance to the ancient Celts is just one
example of how Wiccans and Neopagans distort history.
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