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The kirk and the kingdom

By: McKay, Johnston

0748650644 / 9780748650644
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144 p.
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Published in Scotland.

This book unearths the practical social theology of the 19th Century Church in Scotland.

It has been widely believed that the church was largely mute on the widespread poverty and deprivation which accompanied the rapid expanse of urban life.

This study asserts that the church was not lacking in commitment to improving such conditions, through the example of theologians Robert Flint and the parish minister Frederick Lockhart Robertson.

Flint's publication of Christ's Kingdom upon Earth led the Church of Scotland in Glasgow to investigate slum housing conditions and led to the idea that religion could not be complacent about the need for social action.

It shines new light on the history of the Church of Scotland.

It shows how religion was a reforming movement in an age of deprivation.

It highlights the importance of social reformist writers within the Church.


1DBKS Scotland, 3JF c 1700 to c 1800, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HRCC93 Calvinist, Reformed & Presbyterian Churches

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