Reformation

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The revolution which created the Church of Scotland

It’s the 450th anniversary of the ending of the session of the Scottish Parliament which brought about the Reformation, writes Reevel Alderson. The supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church was ended when it was replaced by the Calvinist Confession of Faith. BBC Scotland Investigates: A Church in Crisis? will be broadcast on BBC1 Scotland at […]

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Far north brothers who put Scotland on map remembered

Two brothers who literally put Scotland on the map will be remembered at a special church service in Caithness this weekend. The local and national legacy left by Timothy and Zachary Pont will be recalled at the service in Dunnet Church to mark the 450th anniversary of the Reformation. Both brothers were ministers in the […]

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John Knox to be included in pageant during Pope's visit to Scotland

A John Knox look-alike is to welcome the Pope to Scotland. The actor has been hired by the Catholic Church to play the leader of Scotland’s Protestant Reformation in a pageant of the country’s historical figures. The 25 characters will parade in front of the pontiff’s Popemobile on Princes Street, Edinburgh, during his visit in […]

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Irvine man restores Convenanter monument at Old Parish Church

Irvine’s Andrew Blakely is an active member of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association. Part of this member’s involvement sees him preserve graves and memorials of the Covenanters who were persecuted for their religious beliefs during the 17th century. And his latest project was restoring a martyrs’ monument in Irvine’s Old Parish Church. He spent weeks […]

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The Scottish Reformation 1560: the greatest year in Scotland's history

The Church of Scotland Glasgow Presbytery held a ‘Commemoration of the 450th Anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland’ service in Glasgow Cathedral on 29th June, writes Geoff Thomas. The address was given by a prominent Roman Catholic, Prof. Tom Devine of the University of Edinburgh on ‘The importance of the Reformation for the Development of […]

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Theologian claims we should celebrate Knox, not the Pope

A leading Free Church theologian has criticised the Pope’s visit and suggested Scots are "suckers for funny costumes" and "love to see old men dressed in ancient Roman togas". The Rev Professor Donald Macleod, who retired last month as principal of the Free Church College on The Mound, also accused the Scottish Government of "airbrushing" […]

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Church of Scotland must continue reforming, says Moderator

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has spoken of the need to continue reforming the Church 450 years after the Reformation. Marking the Reformation’s 450th anniversary at the General Assembly yesterday, the Rt Rev John Christie said Christians were now living in a very different world from the time of […]

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Kirk and Catholic Church strengthen ties

The Kirk and Scottish Catholic Church are enjoying improved relations, which members of the General Assembly consider to be the best in 20 years, writes Craig Brown. The two faiths, historically divided along sectarian lines, have taken what the Kirk has described as "a monumental step in inter-church links" by creating a "joint-liturgy" for the […]

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Scottish Reformation crucial in country's history, says historian

Scottish historian and professor, Tom Devine, who is a Catholic, and Harry Reid, a former editor of a leading newspaper in the country, have described as "scandalous" the low-key way the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland is being marked in 2010 – writes Trevor Grundy. In an interview with ENInews, Devine, a professor […]

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Scottish Reformation to be marked at General Assembly

The 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation comes to the fore on the Sunday of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. A special session of the Assembly has been arranged by the Assembly Arrangements Committee for Sunday (May 23) at 4pm to mark the historic occasion. All commissioners, Assembly delegates, invited guests and members of […]

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