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The Kirk and the KingdomA Century of Tension in Scottish Social Theology 1830–1929$
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Johnston McKay

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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Divisions in the Kingdom

Divisions in the Kingdom

The Extremes of Social Theology

(p.65) 4 Divisions in the Kingdom
The Kirk and the Kingdom

Johnston McKay

Edinburgh University Press

An agreement between the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church that the former would concentrate on practical social work while the latter would continue its concern for social theology and criticism leads to the debates on social theology being mainly conducted in the General Assembly of the United Free Church. The polarised social theologies of the Glasgow professors James Denney and William Clow on the “conservative” side and the parochial ministers Scott Matheson and David Watson, who argued very strongly for the church's involvement in social and political issues are outlined and contrasted. They represent the theological extremes which were to find expression in the United Free Church's General Assembly.

Keywords:   Social Theology, Conflict

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