The House Divided Against Itself

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:
The House Divided Against Itself

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From 1904 until the outbreak of the first World War, the United Free Church General Assembly was the place where the tensions between the contrasting attitudes towards social theology were most keenly displayed. In 1908 the General Assembly agreed to examine how it ought, if at all to fulfil its social mission. But that examination increasingly resulted in expressions of anxiety about any social involvement at all. Those who argued for it increasingly were marginalised and men like James Barr left the pastoral ministry to express their convictions elsewhere. This chapter suggests that the unravelling of the commitment to social criticism actually began not with the political divisions following the end of World War 1 but much earlier.

Keywords: United Free Church; General Assemblies; Social Criticism; Eclipse

Chapter.  7951 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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