Neodruids and various Neopagans would have us think Christian soldiers
went marauding from one Celtic village to the next, brandishing swords
spouting "Accept Christianity or die, Druids!". If you don’t believe
me, just look on the Internet, and you’ll see webpage after webpage
with words and ideas to that effect. The truth is, another group of
Pagans, the Romans, had dealt Druidism it’s death blow centuries
The invasion of England by the Romans itself must have greatly
shaken the faith of the Celtic people of the power of the Druids. The
spells and curses the Druids threw on the Romans didn’t work, and this
alone no doubt caused them to loose faith in the Druids. The Romans did
indeed allow Druidism to exist, but they greatly weakened it. As
already mentioned, they didn’t like the barbaric practices of Druidism,
so they greatly curtailed it and introduced their own Roman gods like
Zeus and Hercules.
Hercules, a Greco-Roman idol, became quite popular in Ancient Britain, and a hill with the
image of Hercules (known as "The Rude Man") can been seen carved into a
chalk hill in England even to this day. When Christianity came along, the
Celts were outgrowing Druidism, and neither it nor Roman paganism could
compete with Christianity. Christians did not cause mass executions of
Druids, but instead allowed them to live as free men. The same cannot
be said of the Druids. The Druids did indeed kill Christians en mass
during Christianity’s first attempts to come to the British Isles!
The Christian Church aimed their missionary efforts at the kings of the
British Isles. If they were successful in converting a king, this could
also mean the kingdom would follow, in a sort of domino effect. But it
might also mean the Pagan subjects would rise up and kill the king.
Such was the case on more than one occasion. You won’t read about the
slaughter of Christians by Druids in most modern books on Wicca or
Neodruidism because the authors of such books want to white wash the
Druidism had no real promise of a happy after life, while Christianity
promises eternal life (even if there really isn't one). Christianity was a simple religion, compared to
Roman and Celtic Paganism with their hundreds of gods and goddesses.
Christianity also brought about a much more civilized way of living,
despite what Neopagans think. Husbands had to treated their wives
better. Despite what modern day Neopagan and feminist authors write,
women actually had more freedom and more rights when Christianity came
along! Masters had to treat their servants and slaves humanely. Druidism couldn’t compete, and the Celts started to
convert. It was just plain
Neodruids seem to blame Christianity solely for the demise of Druidism.
Druidism was already in decline when Christianity came along thanks to
another group of Pagans, the Romans as already mentioned. In fact, a
good bit of what we know about the Druids and the Celts is because
Christians decided to put it into writing. When an expedition of
Christian missionaries arrived in England under the guidance of St.
Augustine in 497 A.D., they found that the Christian church was already
St. Patrick And The Druids
Some of what we know about the Druids was preserved to us through St.
Patrick. Patrick was born of Briton-Roman birth in what today is Wales.
He was captured by marauders and forced to live a life of slavery by
Irish Celts. It must have been a terrifying ordeal to live a life at
the hands of Celts as a slave. Eventually he escaped and managed to
return to his family in England, who were no doubt overjoyed at his
In a dream, Patrick recieved a vision that he was to return to the
Irish and bring them the Christian faith. Patrick had many run ins with
the Druids wo wanted to kill him, but Patrick always managed to
survive. Patrick won many converts to Christ, and became well beloved
by the Celtic people just as he is by the modern day Irish. He is not
the villain Neopagan authors portray him to be.
There are two documents that Patrick wrote that survived. There is also
a lot of legend passed down orally about St. Patrick that can be
dismissed. One such story is Patrick chalenging Druids to a contest to
prove who’s books were true. So the story goes, he challenged the
Druids into throwing their books into a lake while he threw in his
Bible. The Druid’s books sank while St. Patrick’s copy of the Bible
floated. The story is unlikely if for no other reason than the Druids
were illiterate and didn’t have books!
1. The Druids of ancient Britain and Gaul were a real group, and there
are eye witnesses to validate it. Unlike Wicca, Druidism was an actual
ancient Pagan religion practiced in Europe in ancient times.
2. The Druids practiced human sacrifice. Life was cheap to the ancient
Celts. Druids were feared by the ancient Celts, who thought they had
magical powers, and also feared being murdered by them.
3. The Druids tried to throw curses on the invading Romans, but failed
to repel the attack because in reality they had no powers. The Romans
decimated the power of the Druids centuries before the Christians came
along. No doubt the Celts began to lose faith in the Druid’s claim to
magic powers when they could not repel the Roman conquest of Britain.
4. The Druid cult was alrady in decline when Christianity came to
5. The Neodruids of today have no direct link to the Druids of ancient
Modern day Druid groups have no direct connection to the Druids of the
6. Druids were considered barbaric by the Romans, although the Romans
were just as bad. The Druids engaged in human sacrifice and fortune
telling by ritual murder. During the throes of death, the superstitions
Druids would take the spastic movements as signs of the
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