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Religion

Callum G. Brown

in Gender in Scottish History Since 1700

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780748617609
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672172 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617609.003.0004
Religion

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This chapter examines the relationship between gender and religion in Scotland, combining the study of religiosity in discourse and experience through the period. It locates Scotland in international debates on gender and religious change, locates gender as central to the historical agenda of religious change in Scotland, and proposes a new historical chronology of Scottish religious change based on gender. Religion is a vital category in any historical treatment of Scotland, and its gendered character has long been a major issue in the study of different periods and themes — from the position of 'the monstrous regiment of women' in the Knoxian Reformation of the sixteenth century, through Scotland's leading role in the European witch hunt of the seventeenth-century, to the early presbyterian ordination of women as clergy and elders from the 1930s.

Keywords: Religion; Churches; Women; Gender; Sexuality; masculinity

Chapter.  11738 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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