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Religion and National Identity: Governing Scottish Presbyterianism in the Eighteenth Century

Alistair Mutch


Presbyterianism has shaped Scotland and its impact on the world. Behind its beliefs lie some distinctive practices of governance which endure even when belief fades. These practices place a particular emphasis on the detailed recording of decisions and what we can term a ‘systemic’ form of accountability. This book examines the emergence and consolidation of such practices in the eighteenth century Church of Scotland. Using extensive archival research and detailed local case studies, it contrasts them to what is termed a ‘personal’ form of accountability in England in the same period. This sup ... More

Keywords: Church of Scotland, Presbyterianism, Britain, Religious practice, Accountability, Eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748699155
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Mutch, author
Nottingham Business School