Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity by
John Scotus Eriugena’s
Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John
Scotus Eriugena was born and raised in Ireland during the early ninth
century. Neither monk nor priest but a “holy sage,” he carried to
France the flower of Celtic Christianity. His homily, The Voice of the
Eagle, is a jewel of lyrical mysticism, theology, and cosmology,
containing the essence of Celtic Christian wisdom. He meditates on the
meaning and purpose of creation as revealed by the Word made flesh,
distilling into twenty-three short chapters a uniquely Celtic,
non-dualistic fusion of Christianity, Platonism, and ancient Irish
translator’s “Reflections” make up the second half of this book
and attempt to unfold some of the life-giving meaning implicit in
Eriugena’s luminous sentences. Inspired both by a personal search for
a living Christianity and by a sense of the continuity of Western
culture, these “Reflections” offer a contemporary, meditative
encounter with the Word, or Logos, as mediated by both St. John’s
Prologue and Eriugena’s Celtic homily.
favorite of Celtic Christianity, unavailable for several years, has been
revised and includes a new introduction by Thomas Moore, author of Care
of the Soul.
works as editor-in-chief of Lindisfarne Books. A Fellow of the
Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured and taught widely. He writes
frequently on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions for Lapis,
Gnosis, Parabola, and Sphinx.
He is the author/translator/ editor of Celtic
Christianity: Ecology and Holiness and The
Noble Traveller. An essay he wrote on death and dying will be part
of Harper’s prestigious annual Best
Spiritual Writing of 2000.
Bamford has written a wonderful book. It combines a rigour of
scholarship with a lyrical unveiling of how this wonderful text of
Eriugena’s can resonate with the hungers and discoveries of our times.
It deserves a wide readership. Its lucid depths enrich the mind and
awaken the heart to the grandeur of light where the eternal shines.
John O’Donohue, author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
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