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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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The Kirk, the French Revolution, and the Burden of Scottish Whiggery

The Kirk, the French Revolution, and the Burden of Scottish Whiggery

(p.213) 10 The Kirk, the French Revolution, and the Burden of Scottish Whiggery
Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914

Colin Kidd

Oxford University Press

The effects of the French Revolutionary threat on Britain's two national religious establishments, the Church of England and the Church, or Kirk, of Scotland, differed substantially. The Church of England had at its disposal a powerful conservative political theology which, even though the diverse ranks of the clergy were by no means tied to a rigid ideology, could nevertheless be deployed unreservedly against the Jacobin menace. In Scotland, attitudes to the crisis were complicated by the embarrassment attaching to the presbyterian Kirk's radical pedigree.

Keywords:   Church of England, French Revolution, Kirk, political theology, clergy, Presbyterian, Union of 1707

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