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Church and State in Scotland


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Contents: Preface; Introduction; 1560-1843 reformation to disruption; 1843-1929 disruption to union; The Church of Scotland today; Outside establishment; Education; Personal relationships; Other interactions of religion and law; Conclusion; Index.

About the Author

Francis Lyall, now Emeritus Professor of Public Law at the University of Aberdeen, was involved in the Church of Scotland, as a church elder, a member of the Presbytery of Aberdeen, several times a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and as a three-term member of its Panel on Doctrine. He was a member of the Evangelical Alliance Commission on Faith and Nation (published 2006). In 1993 he held, as Visiting Professor, the Willem E Oncelin Chair of Canon Law in the Faculty of Canon Law, of the University of Leuven (Louvain). He has published many religion-relevant books and articles.


‘This concise, elegant, and balanced volume has all the earmarks of becoming the standard text on church-state relations in the history of Scotland and today. Scholars and practitioners alike, from within and without Scotland, can dip into this text with profit, and teachers of the subject will find it a highly readable and reliable guide for their students.’John Witte, Jr., Emory University, USA‘Frank Lyall ranges widely over the intricate legal history of the Scottish Churches and the broader interactions between law and religion in Scotland. A very welcome addition to the rather sparse literature on Scots church law from an author who has had a lifelong engagement with it.’Frank Cranmer, Cardiff University, UK‘The remarkable story of the interaction with the Crown, Parliament and the Courts of the established church and other religious organisations in Scotland is fascinating to lawyers, historians, ecclesiastics and the general reader. Unfolding right up to the present time, it is expertly and accurately told in this book which I warmly commend.’Lord James Mackay of Clashfern, UK

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