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Freedom and Faith

A Question of Scottish Identity

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ISBN-13: 9780861538133
Published: 21/11/2013
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What is our understanding of Scotland's spiritual identity? This is a time in Scotland's history when the nation is intensely examining, rediscovering and re-shaping every aspect of its identity. The questions we have begun to ask about ourselves will be examined and acted upon for many years to come but there is one fundamentally crucial element of our identity that has, so far, been largely ignored. Discussions about Scottish identity are most often defined by political, cultural, social, ethical and international questions. But is there a spiritual or religious dimension to our identity that we really need to understand? If so, what is it? Does the religious question belong only to the past - or does it also lie squarely in front of us in the future? Why do so few debates ask this question? In challenging and absorbing style, Donald Smith sets out to help us to unravel the fundamental spiritual dimension of Scottish identity and enables us to confront our national potential - and our demons - as never before
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Donald Smith

DONALD SMITH is Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, He has been at the cultural epicentre of the dramatic changes in Scotland over the last 20 years. As storyteller, dramatist, novelist and cultural historian he has been active in all the key national debates. He is the successful author of many books and plays about Scottish history and identity.

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'If you are a member of a church, read Smith's book; and if you think all religion is bunk, or you put some vague value on the spiritual side of your Scottish existence, read it just as carefully.' - Keith Bruce, The Herald Read the full review in the Herald

‘Donald Smith, director of the innovative Scottish Storytelling Centre, is the most creative person in Scotland working at the interface between Church, society and the arts. This informed, mature and inspiring reflection deserves to become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the shaping of a new Scotland at this turbulent and exciting time in the nation's history.’ - Ron Ferguson

‘Scotland’s ‘quiddity’ has always been bound up with its religious practices in relation to culture, landscape, politics and internationalism. Covering the chequered story up to the present day, Smith looks to the possible future if Scotland becomes independent. He asks how we can live in relationship with “the divine sources of life itself”, in a participatory way, affirming human dignity, self-worth and wellbeing. Smith believes that the continuing divinity and generosity of the Holy Spirit will work to bring the change and renewal we are seeking. - Tessa Ransford

‘These pages are full of freshness. There is a keen sense of clean air blowing through them. The book totally lacks stuffiness. It will fascinate, enlighten and encourage anyone currently engaged in Christian life and work in Scotland - and there are hundreds of thousands of us.’ - Harry Reid

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