A Great Grievance: Ecclesiastical Lay Patronage in Scotland by Laurence A.B. Whitley,W. Ian P. Hazlett

By Laurence A.B. Whitley,W. Ian P. Hazlett

In 1843 the Church of Scotland break up aside. within the Disruption, because it was once known as, those that left to shape the unfastened Church of Scotland claimed they did so as the legislations denied congregations the liberty to select their very own pastor. As they observed it, this primary Christian correct were usurped via lay buyers, who, through the Patronage Act of 1712, were given the privilege of selecting and proposing parish ministers.
But lay patronage used to be not anything new to the Church in Scotland, and to today it continues to be a suitable perform south of the border. What have been the problems that made Scotland different?
To date, little paintings has been performed at the background of Scottish lay patronage and the way antipathy to it constructed. In A nice Grievance, Laurence Whitley strains the best way attitudes ebbed and flowed from earliest occasions, after which basically physique of the e-book, appears to be like on the position of Scottish lay patronage within the remarkable and complicated interval in British background that the wonderful Revolution of 1688. The publication examines a number of the myths and controversies that sprung up and attracts a few unforeseen conclusions.

Laurence A. B. Whitley is a minister of the Church of Scotland and used to be ordained in 1975. After serving parishes in Glasgow and Montrose, he used to be referred to as to be Minister of Glasgow Cathedral in 2007.

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