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The first converts are said to have been members of the royal family of Siluria. It is asserted that there were two cradles of Christianity in Britain ----'the Chrystal Isle' called by the Saxons Glaston in Somersetshire where Joseph is believed to have settled and taught; and Siluria where Churches and Schools were founded by the Silurian dynasty.. . . This decision laid down the principle that the Churches of France and Spain were bound to give way in point of antiquity and precedency to the Church of Britain which was founded by Joseph of Arimathea 'immediatly after the passion of Christ.'. . . Regarding this date (given by Gildas) as our starting point we have several testimonies assigning the first introduction of Christianity in or about the same year to Joseph of Arimathea.
We possess evidence that Churches were erected in Britain before the close of the second century and whatever direction our investigations take we find authority for the statement that the Church of Joseph of Avalon or Glastonbury was the first and oldest of them all many affirming that it was the oldest or senior Church in the whole world.