English: Statue of St Joseph of Arimathea, west from of Glastonbury parish church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I know that many readers will not believe these myths, but regardless, we should know them! However before you reject this fable, understand that this "fable" is AT LEAST 1700 years old. Many church fathers retold this story. The Queen of England accepts this story... So tell me, why doesn't Hollywood make this story? Why aren't these fables recounted? Is it that Satan does not want us to know who we really are? I think it is.
Written by “Jack” (author of the “Straight Talking About God” website),
with contributions from Dr Gene Scott PhD, Dr Brian Mackenzie-Hanson BA (Hons), DD,
E. Raymond Capt (author of “Traditions of Glastonbury”),
Lionel Smithett Lewis (Glastonbury Vicar and author of “St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury”) and
Andrew Gray (author of “The Origin and Early History of Christianity in Britain”).
The Link with England
Historic writings support the belief that in 37 A.D. Christ’s great uncle, St Joseph of Arimathea, and followed by the apostle St Simon Zelotes, and later by St Paul of Tarsus with other disciples (according to the Pseudo-Pauline apocrypha: “Acts 29” - from the Sonnini manuscript, on hearing of Jewish Christians settling in Britain, Paul of Tarsus travelled there via Spain from Rome, this is a disputed text but still in antiquity), came to Britannia, to erect the first Christian Church outside Jerusalem, there has been a Church of England (Britannia) ever since although it’s affiliations, allegiances and doctrines have been moderated and switched between Rome and England several times throughout its history:
(i.e. First Christian Church in Britain 37 AD, Martyrdom of St. Simon Zelotes “Bishop of the Britons” 44 A.D., Silurian battles against Romans 52 - 53 A.D., Suetonius Paulinus attacks Western Britons and Druidic and Christian centres of learning 59 - 62 A.D., Boudicea (Iceni) Rebellion 61 - 63 A.D., Phagan and Deruvian mission 167 A.D., King Lucius became Christian 170 A.D., St Alban - Martyred 209 A.D., Constantine proclaimed Emperor at York 306 A.D., three British Bishops attend the Synod of Arles 314 A.D., Early Arianism 319 - 586 A.D., St Augustine 597 A.D., Synod of Whitby 664 A.D., Great Schism 1054 (concluded 1472), Lombardy 1061, Norman Conquest 1066, Ecclesia Scotticana 1218, Ecclesia Anglicana 1246, Schism (Western Church) 1378 - 1417, John Clerk 1521, Henrician Schism (Reformation) 1534, BsCP 1549 and 1552, 42 Articles of Faith 1553, 39 Articles of Faith 1563, Second Schism (Anglicanism independent of Rome) 1570, Puritan abolition of Anglicanism 1649 - 1660, BCP 1662, Arian Movement (Church of England) 1707 - 1747, Catholic Relief Act 1778, Oxford Movement 1833 - 1845, 2nd Vatican Council 1962 - 65);
The fact that there are records of Christian centres of learning in Britannia, during the Roman persecutions, of three British Bishops from: York, London and probably Lincoln, were recorded as being present at the Council of Arles in 314 AD proves that there was already an established Church in Britannia at this time and as this pre-dates the Roman Catholic heresy the early Church of England had its origins in original Catholicism. Therefore the pre-664 AD Church in Britannia had to be Arian in Christological belief!
Christianity in Britannia began during the first century and existed autonomously, independent of the Church of Rome until the Synod of Whitby in the middle ages. Although Anglicanism fell victim to Roman heresy, be it amid protest, the Arian Catholic Church has declared that Anglican and Anglican Catholic ordinations will be recognised in principle for clergy wishing to repent of their heresy and convert to the Arian Catholic Church.