According to Britain’s oldest Historian, the North-Brythonic Celtic Christian Gildas, the Gospel arrived in Britain before 37 A.D. According to Eusebius, Maelgwyn, Isidore, Freculph, Nenni, Baronius, Cressy, Hearne, Rev. Dr. James Ussher, Rev. Dr. John Owen and Rev. Dr. H. Williams—there is some evidence that Joseph of Arimathea preached (and was also buried) in Somerset’s Glastonbury.

Also according to the American Rev. Dr. A. Cleveland Coxe in the Ante-Nicene Fathers, there is strong reason to conclude that the great Anti-Roman British General Caradog became a Christian—perhaps even while still in the West of Britain before his exile therefrom in 52 A.D. Too, from A.D. 75 onward, his relative the apparently-Christian Prince Merig is said to have ruled over the Britons from near my own birthplace Kendal in Cumbria’s Westmorland.

Merig’s Christian descendants Coell and Llew alias Lucius, as well as the latter’s descendants Helen(a) and Constantine, are all reputed to have ruled over Cumbria as the World’s first Christian State—within the Romano-British province of Britannia. Indeed, it was precisely from Christian Cumbria that Prince Ninian went forth to evangelize Scotland’s Picts—and Padraig or Patrick went forth to evangelize the Scotic and Pictish inhabitants of Ireland.

In fact, according to the 195 A.D. Tertullian of Carthage in Africa, even before his own day some of the northernmost “haunts of the Britons” had already been “subjugated to Christ.” And by A.D. 220, Sabellius of Rome in Italy was conceding that “the first nation which called itself ‘Christian’ after the name of ‘Christ’—was Britain.” Indeed, as the Early Church’s greatest Scholar Origen of Caesarea in Palestine pointed out, perhaps the reason why “the divine goodness of our Lord and Saviour is equally diffused among the Britons”—is because their “druids” had demonstrated a “resemblance between their traditions and those of the Jews.”

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