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RLST 3000 Journal 3

RLST 3000 Journal 3 - Ireland really never had snakes...

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March 8, 2007 RLST 3000 Journal #3 In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, I wanted to elaborate on his legend of St. Patrick. We discussed bits and pieces of Patrick’s life in class, but I found it interesting to research him a little bit more. I find it interesting that Patrick was the leading missionary in reforming Ireland into a Christian country. St. Patrick is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland; though it’s funny he was born in Britain. He was captured as a slave and brought to Ireland where he served in the hills as a Sheppard for 6 years before he his vision from God. His vision led him to escape from slavery and return to his family, where he entered the church and became a bishop. He later decided to return to Ireland and serve as a missionary, which really surprised me (considering he was slaved by Irish raiders). The Pious legend credits St. Patrick for banishing the snakes from Ireland, though
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Unformatted text preview: Ireland really never had snakes -- it’s a matter of how it’s interpreted. I always thought of the shamrock to be a symbol of luck, like the four leaf clover, but the shamrock was really used to highlight the Christian belief of “the three divine in the one God.” Even if these legends weren’t true, his is still a way of spreading the belief of Christianity. Lastly, we can’t credit St. Patrick with solely reforming Ireland into a Christian nation, mainly because there isn’t any evidence. Some people such as T.F. O’Rahilly suggests that there were two Patricks, suggesting one being Palladius, a deacon from Gaul. The mission of St. Patrick and his work could be contributed to Palladius, but later attached to St. Patrick. Patrick is supposed to be buried under the Down Cathedral, though this has never been proven, like a lot of his life....
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