Alf McCreary: Why there’s hope for Christianity in Ireland

A note of warning from G.K Chesterton should be heeded by anyone wishing to learn about Christianity in Ireland or anywhere else “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried”.

n his substantial new publication The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland, Professor Crawford Gribben states that his book “does not provide a history of the Irish Church, or of its theological achievements, but sets out to investigate the ways in which religious belief and behaviours have been lived out in the Irish experience of Christianity”.

Nevertheless it provides an erudite, important and detailed account of the major developments in Irish religious history from the earliest times until the present day.

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