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Scottish Gods : Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012, Hardback Book

Scottish Gods : Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012 Hardback


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:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780748682898

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