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By Laurence A.B. Whitley,W. Ian P. Hazlett

In 1843 the Church of Scotland break up aside. within the Disruption, because it used to be referred to as, those that left to shape the loose Church of Scotland claimed they did so as the legislations denied congregations the liberty to opt for their very own pastor. As they observed it, this primary Christian correct were usurped by way of lay buyers, who, by means of the Patronage Act of 1712, were given the privilege of selecting and providing parish ministers.
But lay patronage used to be not anything new to the Church in Scotland, and to today it continues to be an appropriate perform south of the border. What have been the problems that made Scotland different?
To date, little paintings has been performed at the heritage of Scottish lay patronage and the way antipathy to it constructed. In A nice Grievance, Laurence Whitley lines the best way attitudes ebbed and flowed from earliest occasions, after which basically physique of the booklet, appears on the position of Scottish lay patronage within the amazing and intricate interval in British background that the wonderful Revolution of 1688. The publication examines a number of the myths and controversies that sprung up and attracts a few unforeseen conclusions.

Laurence A. B. Whitley is a minister of the Church of Scotland and was once ordained in 1975. After serving parishes in Glasgow and Montrose, he used to be known as to be Minister of Glasgow Cathedral in 2007.

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