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Signs and Signals

Johnston McKay

in The Kirk and the Kingdom

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780748644735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644735.003.0002
Signs and Signals

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The social theology of representative nineteenth century churchmen, Patrick Brewster, Robert Burns, Robert Buchanan and Norman Macleod are examined to show that the claim that Brewster was, in Donald Smith's words “the unique exception” to the failure of the Scottish Church's prophetic role in the middle of the nineteenth century. Brewster's role is shown to be less effective than has been thought due to his inability to compromise and his personal arrogance. Burns, Buchanan and Macleod are shown to have gradually understood that structural changes in society were as important for the improvement of social conditions as the religious conversion which had been assumed to be essential to that improvement.

Keywords: Prophetic Role; Society; Paisley; Glasgow

Chapter.  9296 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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