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The Kirk and the Kingdom: A Century of Tension in Scottish Social Theology 1830–1929

Johnston McKay


This book questions the widely accepted assumption that throughout most of the nineteenth century the Church in Scotland failed both in pronouncement and in practice to take seriously the social conditions of an increasingly urbanised society. It traces the social theology which developed in the century from 1830 until 1929 by examining the views of leading churchmen such as Robert Burns of Paisley, Robert Buchanan in Glasgow, and argues that until the theologian Robert Flint published his book Christ's Kingdom upon Earth in 1860, the church had no model other than palliative pastoral care thr ... More

Keywords: Church, Kingdom of God, Social Evils, Social Improvement, Urban Poverty

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780748644735
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644735.001.0001


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Johnston McKay, author

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