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Religion

Rab Houston

in Scotland

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199230792
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777059 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199230792.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

Religion

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Has Christianity always been Scotland's main religion? ‘Religion’ looks at: the evidence of early non-Christian belief systems in Scotland; the arrival of Christianity and the early church; medieval Catholicism; the distinctive nature of the Reformation in Scotland, and religion and politics after the Reformation; Episcopalianism; the Covenanters; the traumatic effects of the great ‘Disruption’; and today's modern, largely secular society. What religious monuments in Scotland date back to the time (c. 3000–2000 BC) of the pyramids in Egypt? Did the Romans bring Christianity to Scotland? Who was St Columba? What is the Rosslyn Chapel? How important was John Knox, and when was the last witch executed in Scotland?

Keywords: Catholicism; Christianity; church; St Columba; Covenanters; John Knox; politics; Reformation; Scotland

Chapter.  6395 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: British History ; Political Geography

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