Scottish Gods : Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012 Hardback
by Steve Bruce
This book deals with the how and why of over a century of religious and cultural change.
Steve Bruce explores Scotland's transformation from the largely devout Presbyterian country of 1900, with the church as a major social force, to the diverse, more secular society of today, when less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church.
He bases his study on a career's worth of historical, ethnographic and statistical research, to provide both a coherent description of Scotland's current religious complexion and a considered explanation of the forces that shaped it.
Scottish Gods is both a fascinating summary of over a century of religious and cultural change, and a searing analysis of the state of religion in Scotland today by one of our leading social historians.
It explores how religion has become more varied over time: growth in Catholicism and charismatic Christian fellowships; easternisation of Scotland's religious vocabulary through Buddhism and Hinduism; the growth of the Muslim population, and pursuit of spiritual interests once considered pagan.
It looks at the decline in the Protestant-Catholic divide.
It discusses controversies over the proper public place of religion.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
- Publication Date: 17/03/2014
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780748682898
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