Passive Obedience and Prophetic Protest (American University Studies)

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Although the failure of prophetic social criticism in the Scottish Church throughout most of the last century is relatively well-known, little attempt has ever been made to discover, through a critical study of contemporary sources which reflect the Church's social thought, the basic factors--both sociological and theological--which that caused this tragic failure. This study seeks to ascertain what those factors were; how they militated against the exercise of any genuine social criticism; and how their modification or removal toward the end of the century made possible a reawakening of such criticism in the twentieth century. In the course of this study, special attention is given to the Church's attitude towards events such as the growth of democracy, the Highland clearances, child labour in factories and mines, the rise of socialism and the trade unions, and to the question of the extent to which the failure of prophetic criticism was responsible for the widespread alienation of the working classes from the Churches.

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«Dr. Smith has done us a most timely and major service in demonstrating how the Church in Scotland moved...from a somewhat uncritical obedience to 'the powers that be' to heightened economic perception, deepening concern with the violent structures of society, and eventually political involvement...This is a singularly perceptive story of Church and Society.» (John McIntyre, University of Edinburgh)
«This is one of the most important studies of modern Scotland that has been published in recent years...it provides a more detailed and comprehensive view of the attitudes of churchmen to social questions than is available anywhere else, and will assuredly become essential reading for all with a concern for the history of the Scottish Church and Scottish society in modern times.» (A.C. Cheyne, University of Edinburgh)
«...Donald Smith's excellent study...carefully outlines the various changes occu ring in Scottish society...how time after time the Scottish Church failed to speak out against injustice...a fine piece of historical scholarship...» (Stuart MacDonald, FOCII)
«The work should be of considerable value to students of 19th century Scotland, based as it is on a thorough examination of primary as well as secondary sources.» (William Ferguson, The Expository Times)
«This is a crowded work, based on primary sources. Its discovery of the curch press, and its extent, would by itself almost justify it. But there is so much more to delight. It is a valuable addition to our knowledge of the reasons for the shape of Scottish society today.» (Derek B. Murray, Review of Scottish Culture)

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