The project began as a links page on the website of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, became the Scottish Christian Web-Base during 1999, and relaunched as Scottish Christian.com in December of that year. It has been published continuously since then apart from a break between 28 October 2011 and 8 March 2012.
Its original aim was stated as follows: “Hundreds of churches, organisations and individuals in Scotland use the web to tell the world about their beliefs, activities, histories and hopes. Scottish Christian makes them more accessible by listing over 1,000 links, and promotes Christian use of the internet.”
Scottish Christian is published by Ian Ansdell, a website developer, former journalist, and new media consultant to Glasgow Churches Together. He is a member of All Saints Scottish Episcopal Church in Glasgow.
• ‘Making sense of God’
‘The community of faith is a community of longing, not possession. It is for those who have glimpsed something of the divine, as well as for those who have not, but long to. It is for those who have achieved some level of discipline and control in their lives and for those who have not, but long to. St Augustine once described the Church as a school for sinners, not a museum for saints. It should be as wide as humanity; it should include all who wish to be attached to it; it should welcome their desire to explore the mystery that besets us.’
• ‘The Church must learn to cope with computer culture’
‘In the computer culture the Church can hear more clearly the voice of public opinion and enter into continuous discussion with the world around her … involving herself more immediately in the common search for solutions to humanity’s many pressing problems. The Church must avail herself of the new resources for her ever pressing task of evangelisation.’
From Pope John Paul II’s address on World Communications Day, 1989.
Criteria for inclusion
Links listings, articles and news summaries are mainly intended to reflect the life of the mainstream Trinitarian church in Scotland. Unitarian churches are included because they have observer status with Action of Churches Together in Scotland, and Quaker meetings are full members of ACTS. Other faiths such as Islam and Judaism are included because of dialogues existing with churches and Christian organisations, and because of political and social concerns held in common. Sites which do not carry clear information about their publisher and a transparent means of contact will not be listed.