Finlay Macdonald, MA 1967 BD 1970 PhD 1983 DD 20
The book offers a fictionalised take on the gay clergy controversy in the Church of Scotland. The Rev Luke Paul and his congregation engage in a church wide consultation and, predictably, differing views emerge. Luke is on the liberal side of the argument and things really hot up when he agrees to bless a civil partnership.
The name Luke Paul reflects the tension between the conservative apostle Paul and the more inclusive Gospel of St Luke. Many theological studies and church reports have been produced on the subject; but the author's hope is that a simple story telling approach, recounting how the issues play out in a typical parish, will make a helpful contribution to the debate.