7 Books on Scottish Spirituality

Richard Holloway and Ron Ferguson suggests books that'll touch your inner spirit

Though it is becoming more diverse, Scottish spirituality is inevitably bound up with the Christian tradition, its glories, its shames, its imperatives and its contradictions; so our list reflects our nation’s struggle to keep or to throw off the clutches of Christianity. And even when it has been rejected or satirized, as in Hogg’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner or Robertson’s Gideon Mack, there is a strong sense of the inevitability of the religion that is being wrestled with. There is one other thing we want to point out about our list: we have included memoir and history, of course, but it is fiction that predominates because, apart from poetry - and we have two great poets in our list - it is the best instrument for celebrating and expressing the strange nature of the human condition and its often terrible beauty.

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Richard Holloway
Richard Holloway and Ron Ferguson

Richard Holloway is a writer, broadcaster and former Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He collaborated with BBC Scotland on The Sword and the Cross, a series that explored the impact of Christianity on Scotland. His published works include Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt.

Ron Ferguson is a Church of Scotland minister, award-winning journalist, and author of 15 books incuding George MacKay Brown: The Wound and the Gift. Shortlisted for the Scottish Writer of the Year award for his biography of George MacLeod, he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by Glasgow Caledonian University in 2010.

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