Theology in Scotland Journal
Theology in Scotland is sponsored by the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews (St Mary's College) and appears twice yearly, in spring and autumn. It was first published in 1994 at the request of a large group of ministers of the Church of Scotland.
With a mix of academic and practical articles and stimulating reviews, it is an ideal tool to help keep up-to-date with current theological thinking.
Theology in Scotland 20 no. 1 (Spring 2013)
How individuals with profound intellectual impairments can be models for the church in Scotland
Kate Sainsbury (Lay Reader in the Scottish Episcopal Church)
This is the prize-winning essay in the inaugural Fraser Prize competition, organised by Theology in Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Church Theology Society, for which submissions were invited on the theme of ‘The Church in Scotland in relation to status and power’. The Reading Panel judged that Kate Sainsbury’s essay displayed “an original perspective on how Gospel values can be embodied in the intellectually-impaired, who can then serve as a model for the church”.
Ian Fraser: Theology and ecumenism
Tim Duffy (Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission)
Tim Duffy places the work of Ian Fraser in the context of Presbyterian culture, more particularly, that influential network of ministers and missionaries with academic and committee responsibilities which existed in the Church of Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s. Duffy also touches on Fraser’s work as a hymn-writer and his wider social commitments. Among other rich insights Duffy sees some similarities, too, between the shifting polarities of Hugh MacDiarmid’s thought and the dynamic of dialectical play between the interpersonal and the social in Fraser’s work.
The Scots abroad: migration and mission
Rev Dr Kenneth R. Ross (Church of Scotland Parish Minister and Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity)
Kenneth Ross’s essay begins with an overview of the migration of the Scots round the world in the age of colonialism. He then examines this more closely, exploring the relationship between migration and missions in the diaspora church. Beginning with mission-migrant relations in Malawi, Ross then points to more general, more deeply-rooted tensions arising in the Scottish diaspora, reflected in the conflicting interests of expatriate churches and mission agencies.
A Reformed asceticism
Jason Radcliff (PhD candidate in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh)
Jason Radcliff argues for the possibility of a Reformed asceticism, not as a condition of salvation, but as a form of life. He provides evidence from the Bible, particularly the thought of the apostle Paul, as well as from the work of Athanasius, and the Scottish theologians T. F. Torrance and Henry Scougal. He argues that asceticism has much to offer the contemporary ecclesiastical situation and deserves to be recovered by the Reformed community.
Refreshing the foundations: An introduction to biblical Introduction
Rev Dr George G. Nicol (Church of Scotland Parish Minister)
George Nicol’s briefing paper introduces us to the sub-genre of the Old or New Testament Introduction. In doing so he also offers a model of how to incorporate and reference text and video media in one single narrative exposition, applicable across a range of disciplines. His paper includes a very useful survey of significant recent Introductions which will be invaluable to anyone seeking to undertake a course of study to extend or refresh their knowledge of biblical Introduction.
Note on Romans 11:32
Rev Prof C. E. B. Cranfield (Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Durham)
Professor Cranfield contributes a brief note reflecting on Paul’s intended meaning on this verse.
- James L. Heft SJ with John O’Malley, eds., After Vatican II: Trajectories and Hermeneutics
- John Stevenson, Fulfilling a Vision: The Contribution of the Church of Scotland to School Education, 1772–1872
- Alan MacQuarrie, ed., Legends of Scottish Saints: Readings, Hymns and Prayers for the Commemorations of Scottish Saints in the Aberdeen Breviary
- Jonathan Stökl, Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: A Philological and Sociological Comparison