- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Artisan Publishers (June 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0934666121
- ISBN-13: 978-0934666121
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saint Paul in Britain Paperback – June, 1984
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Some of the more provocative claims that Morgan substantiates through some painstaking research are that 1) Joseph of Arimathea went to and stayed in Britain c. AD 38 2) Aristobulus (mentioned in the Bible) also went to Britain 3) Prudens married Claudia, the daughter of British royalty and the palace of Prudens and Claudia was probably where Paul stayed in Britain 4) St. Paul himself made it to Britain.
The importance of these claims is that the evidence strongly suggests that an apostolic church was planted in Britain in the first century independently of the Roman Church. This apostolic church grew and prospered not just because of the apostolic origins but also because it was suited to make inroads into Druidism in a way in which Roman culture and religion never could. This has implications for how to read the history of Christianity in Anglicanism and helps explain the nature and development of the English Church in subsequent history.
I bought this book because it seemed to be the basis for much of Andrew Gray's research in his book "The Origins and Early History of Christianity in Britain." The historian in me wants to know if Morgan and Gray's claims have been substantiated more recently (Morgan originally published his work in 1860). However, it seems as if Morgan has plenty of evidence to support most of his claims, evidence that is unlikely to be overturned in the future.
Morgan's text is an extended piece of “alternative history”. One of its central claims is that Britain and the Celts were evangelized by Joseph of Arimathea before the Church at Rome even existed. Britain thus got its Christianity directly from Jerusalem and the original apostles, without a Romish detour. Just a few years later, Paul baptized a Silurian royal family held captive in Rome. The first royalty won to Christianity were therefore British, making the British royal throne authentically Christian with precedence over the papacy. It also means that the monarch has a certain jurisdiction over the Church. In Morgan's version of events, Constantine the Great and his mother Helena were Celtic, which means that the Roman Empire was converted by another group of British royals. The nationalist and anti-Catholic character of these arguments is patently obvious. What's more strange is that Morgan, who seems to have been something of a Welsh nationalist firebrand, spins arguments which could also be used by *English* nationalists or UK imperialists!Read more ›
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Very interesting with amazing information.
Considering it was written over 150 years ago it gives a different perspective on original christianity than that propagated by the... Read more
Good book. The title is a little misleading, but the content is interesting. I wish somebody would come up with some original documentation.Published on March 15, 2013 by Thomas Y. Hiter
Very nice and clean.
I will use these people again as I found them trust worthy and sold what they said.
Unlike the Uncle of God there was a lot of good information. I already knew much of it but having it woven together as the author did and the added information made it a good read.Published on January 1, 2013 by Fred C Jepson