Treasures of Irish Christianity was published to great acclaim in the summer of 2012. This second volume offers readers further scholarly yet readily-accessible short articles on a vast array of treasures from the Irish Christian tradition, with a focus on the Irish and their relationship with the Word.
It covers items ranging from religious folk tales to reflections on Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Beckett; from words on the margins of ancient manuscripts to the first Lutheran congregation in Dublin; from early High Crosses to the thirteenth-century Kilcormac Missal; from the Medieval Office of St Brigid to Pugin architecture; and from Church of Ireland hymnody to the recent Share the Good News publication.
Written by a large number of Irish scholars from a variety of disciplines, this second volume is also richly illustrated.
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Brendan Leahy is professor of theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and author of numerous publications. A von Balthasar scholar, he is involved in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. He is also Secretary of the Irish Bishops' Advisory Committee on Ecumenism.
Salvador Ryan is professor of ecclesiastical history at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and has published widely in the area of late medieval and early modern popular religious belief. He has recently edited (with Henning Laugerud), Devotional Cultures
of European Christianity, 1790–1960 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012).
This book, like its predecessor, cannot be recommended too highly. Both of them together would provide every household that obtains them with a sense of a vital new engagement, not just with the past and the present, but with a future for religion that is ours to make today.
– Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic, 8 August 2013
An attractive compendium of short essays on a huge range of topics written by a variety of experts; the organising principle is the written word in Irish Christianity from antiquity to the present.
– History Ireland
This volume wears its heart on its sleeve and it does what it sets out to do. It celebrates Irish Christian belief, tradition and practice over almost 1,600 years. It can be read with pleasure both for its cultural and confessional content.
– Michael Ryan, The Irish Times, 4 January 2014
For this reader, the most arresting contribution so far was Tomás O'Sullivan's presentation of a very rich and moving early Irish reflection on Christ's passion by way of commentary on Mark's gospel, closely followed by Kevin O'Gorman's piece on the sacramental imagination of Patrick Kavanagh, and Donal McMahon's on the poems of the young Daveron Hanna who because of cerebral palsy had to struggle so valiantly to express his own words.
– Marie Thérèse Flanagan, The Furrow, January 2014