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Full Circle

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/9780748644735.003.0007
Full Circle

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While there was an attempt by Robert Flint's disciple successor in Edinburgh's chair of divinity William P Paterson, who was moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly in 1919, to continue Flint's emphasis on the Kingdom of God on earth, when leadership in the Church of Scotland passed to John White, the Kingdom of God became a slogan behind which two churches could unite rather than an aim to towards which Churches should be committed. White insistence on the united church's commitment to a territorial ministry, resulting in the suburbanisation of the Church also meant that the Church's involvement with the whole of society was reduced. The Kingdom of God became identified with the old, outworn territorial principle, and the Church of Scotland's social criticism was effectively silenced for a generation.

Keywords: Church Union; Articles Declaratory; John White; Territorial Principle

Chapter.  9986 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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