Divisions in the Kingdom

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:
Divisions in the Kingdom

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An agreement between the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church that the former would concentrate on practical social work while the latter would continue its concern for social theology and criticism leads to the debates on social theology being mainly conducted in the General Assembly of the United Free Church. The polarised social theologies of the Glasgow professors James Denney and William Clow on the “conservative” side and the parochial ministers Scott Matheson and David Watson, who argued very strongly for the church's involvement in social and political issues are outlined and contrasted. They represent the theological extremes which were to find expression in the United Free Church's General Assembly.

Keywords: Social Theology; Conflict

Chapter.  8817 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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