The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West.Again

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The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West . . . Again.

By George G.Hunter III. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000. Pp. 144. $15.

George G. Hunter III has tapped into the current interest in all things Celtic to provide a splendid discussion of how we might draw on the resources of early Celtic Christianity in reevangelizing the West. Hunter has done his homework, even though he breaks no new ground in terms of original research. The bulk of the material is historical in orientation. We are given a nice tour of the situation as Patrick found it, including the new community and new life the Gospel brought, the wonderful phase of Irish missionary work, the Celtic way of communication, and the perspective that guided their evangelism as a whole. Hunter writes in a pleasing manner throughout. His ear and eye are clearly driven by a deep affection for the Celtic way of evangelism.

The final chapter provides a fascinating attempt to show the significance of the ancient Irish tradition for today. …