Scottish Gods: Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012

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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.

Key Features

  • 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

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