I'm writing an essay atm entitled "Identify the distinctive features of the mission of the Celtic church and their significance for mission in the Western church today". It's for my Missiology module, which I'm sure I've complained about on here before, but as luck would have it I'm writing a dissertation on the Celtic church anyway so this essay has proved easier and more *usefully* educational than I expected it to.
One of the main points about how elements of Celtic Christianity might be applicable to the modern world is the way Celtic Christianity had such a profound emphasis on community, in contrast to our modern hyper-individualism. There's also the fact the Celts were very much aware of the sacral aspects of daily life, where we have such a hard distinction between sacred and profane that the sacred is boxed off in a corner rather than being allowed to infuse every element of our lives as it did the Celts'. So far, so interesting.
Reading about the problems we have in the modern age has pretty completely crushed me. The optimism of the Enlightenment period was shattered by the events of the 20th century; instead of giving us understanding and liberty, science gave us nuclear war, irrevocable levels of pollution, wave upon wave of death, violence and misery. Then we have the alienation and isolation of the 21st century as we become more and more individualistic and no longer have the support systems of community and family to help us through our crises - we're so aware of our own isolation and the inability to communicate with one another in a meaningful way, there's impossible gulfs between us and nothing to bridge the gap. Religion and spirituality have fallen victim to individualisation as well, so that there's no sense of grasping any ultimate truth but only true-for-me. All is vanity, yo. I'm gonna just crawl into a hole and die, and only a microscopic handful of people will care about my death and then they'll die and nobody will even know I was here at all.
I should have done English Lit.