Land, Faith and the Crofting Community: Christianity and Social Criticism in the Highlands of Scotland 1843-1893

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Edinburgh University Press, Apr 20, 2006 - 240 páginas
This book probes the deep-rooted links between the land, the people and the religious culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands in the nineteenth century. The responses of the clergy to the social crisis which enveloped the region have often been characterised as a mixture of callous indifference, cowering deference or fatalistic passivity. Allan MacColl's pioneering research challenges such stereotypical representations of Highland ministers head-on. Land, Faith and the Crofting Community is the first full-scale examination of Christian social teaching in the nineteenth-century Gaidhealtachd and addresses a major gap in the historical understanding of Gaelic society. Seeking to lay bare the existing myths by a wide-ranging analysis of all the denominational, theological and social factors at play, this study boldly overturns the received scholarly and popular interpretations. A ground-breaking work, it explores a substantial but under-utilised field of evidence and questions whether or not Highland Christians "e; both clergy and laity "e; were committed to land reform as an engine of social improvement and conciliation. The Christian contribution to the development of a distinctively Highland identity "e; which found expression during the Crofters' War of the 1880s "e; is delineated, while wider links between theology and social philosophy are examined from beyond the perspective of the Highlands.
 

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Introduction
1
Presbyterian Social Thought in the Age of Disruption and Destitution
19
Highland Religion and Identity
58
Genesis 18803
96
CHAPTER FOUR The Escalation of Agitation
126
CHAPTER FIVE Politics Presbyteries and The Prophet
156
Disunity and Disorder 18868
179
Conclusion
212
Bibliography
220
Index
234
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Allan W. MacColl is Student for the ministry in the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland at the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland

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