How much has Scotland’s religious landscape changed in the last century, and why?
Steve Bruce here presents a highly readable account of the changing nature and place of religion in Scotland in an increasingly irreligious society.
In 1900 Scotland was a largely Presbyterian country and the Christian churches were a major social force.
Now less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church. As religion has declined, it has become more varied: Catholicism has grown as have Charismatic Christian fellowships; Buddhist and Hindu themes have ‘easternised’ our religious vocabulary; a significant Muslim population has become established; and a notable number of Scots now pursue personal spiritual interests in forms which would once have been dismissed as pagan.
Both this decline and the diversification deserve explanation.
- A rare overarching analysis of religion in Scotland in the 20th century
- A highly readable account of the changing nature and place of religion in a society which places less and less importance on religion
- Non-partisan in perspective
- Informed by substantial statistical evidence
- The author is one of Scotland’s leading social scientists