Public Practical Theology in Scotland: with particular reference to the independence referendum

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Abstract

The paper reports on recent contributions of practical theology to public
issues in Scotland. The Scottish academic and ecclesial context is described. An
account is given of contributions to the domains including cognitive impairment,
healthcare, poverty, and cultural identity. Particular attention is paid to the 2014
referendum on independence from the UK. Analysis is presented of a series of
focus groups that utilised a practical theological cycle of reflection to facilitate
Christians’ engagement with the independence question. A case is made for
public practical theology, specifically in regards to recent feminist criticisms of
the field of public theology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-347
JournalInternational Journal of Practical Theology
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • independence
  • practical theology
  • referendum

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