Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

Jun 2, 2016 by

by theweeflea: The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this week’s Sunday Herald.   It is a generally accurate  and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today.   One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed.  They think that the churches are failing to keep up with the spirit of the times and that is why they are declining.  The only slight flaw in that argument is that it is the Church of...

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What same-sex marriage brings with it

May 30, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Earlier this week, the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland decided to recognise and accept the ministry of clergy in same-sex marriages, as a logical extension to its previous decision to accept those in civil partnerships. (A rather odd article in the Telegraph followed, which suggested this was a ‘model’ for the C of E, as if there were a connection between the C of E and the non-episcopal Church of Scotland, and as if this was the first Christian church to recognise and...

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A rubicon has been crossed – the Church of Scotland decision on same sex marriage

May 28, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: […]  The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. […]  Speaking after the vote, the Very Rev John Chalmers, principal clerk, said: “We had a debate which made very clear that we were not interfering with our theological definition of marriage and were not going to the place where ministers or deacons could themselves conducting same sex marriages. […]  The Church of Scotland is in terminal decline. The Principal Clerk...

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‘A unified witness’ – Response to Justin Welby’s address to the Church of Scotland

May 28, 2016 by

From Christian Concern: In this piece, Christian Concern’s Communications Officer, Camilla Olim, responds to the news that the Church of Scotland has agreed to formally unite with the Church of England, via the Columba Declaration. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered an address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Wednesday ahead of the Columba Declaration, which has formally united the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. It will now be...

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Archbishop addresses Church of Scotland General Assembly

May 25, 2016 by

Read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s address to the Church of Scotland General Assembly this morning. It’s a huge privilege to be here, and I want to thank you, Moderator, and all of you for your wonderful warm welcome. I want to say want a special privilege it is to stand in the place of so very many distinguished guests speakers who’ve spoken before me here. And I must say it’s cosier than the General Synod. (Laughter.) You know there are distinct differences between the bones of Becket...

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A Rubicon has been Crossed – The Church of Scotland Assembly Decision on Saturday

May 23, 2016 by

From theweeflea: As I prepare for the Free Church Assembly beginning this evening, I have been reflecting on what happened at the Church of Scotland Assembly on Saturday. This from the BBC sums it up well: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. The General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh voted 339 votes to 215 to update church law to bring it in line with secular Scottish law. The church already recognised ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships and...

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