The Great Pendragon
British / Celtic Christianity is broadly similar to that of Roman Christianity, but has seven major differences
- The calculation of the date of Easter is different
- Pelagianism (humans are not tainted by original sin, and any man can be good or evil, even without the intervention of God and/or the Church) is the norm – but not formal doctrine
- Tonsures are not circular but instead are a long train of hair combed back from the forehead
- Bishops are elected by the Clergy and approved by the local King/Duke
- Penitence and confession are performed in private, and not in public as the Roman Christians do
- Exile for Christ:- where either temporary exile is enacted as a penitence for ones sins, or (usually for a clergyman) when one leaves his homeland (never to return) to preach the word of God
- Hermetic -monastic life: British Christian monks and nuns ‘come together to be alone with God’. they may have communal bakeries, walled defenses and single spiritual leader of the commune, but each is responsible for their own accommodation and spiritual regime. privation and suffering as an individual, self inflicted, brings one closer to God, not following the dictates of a higher church authority (this is in direct contrast to the highly ordered and structured monastic life of Roman Catholic abbeys).
in 492AD the following leading lights are well known
Bishop Rodger of Salisbury – Based in Amesbury Abbey he is the highest ranking British Christian in the land
Father Dewi – a young refugee from northern Gaul now that it is overrun with Frankish Pagans, he is a firebrand preacher, and one of the most learned men in Europe. He quickly established himself in Uthers court, and become a leading figure in the courts
the Blessed Patrick died in Ireland recently (493 AD) but his disciple Mochta continues his sacred work in Louth on the Eastern coast of Ireland, the souther tip of Dál Riata .