Re: Church of Scotland


Anne Burgess
 

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 04:05 AM, <garyturnbull@sympatico.ca> wrote:


I believe the Presbyterian Church is the same thing as the Church of
Scotland.  It is the official or conformist church of Scotland.  All other
churches in Scotland are considered non-conformist.   The Anglican Church is
considered the official Church of England.  Again other denominations are
considered non-conformist.
No, that isn't correct. The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian, but it is not the only Presbyterian denomination in Scotland.

And the terms 'Conformist' and 'Non-conformist' are technically meaningless in Scotland. It originated in the 1660s, when the Church of England was restored in England as the official state religion. Anyone who refused to conform to the doctrines of the Church of England was called a non-conformist. This was before the union of Scotland with England-and-Wales in 1707 and the legislation defining the relationship of the Church of England to the monarch and government in England did not apply and never has applied in Scotland.

Presbyterians in Scotland who do not adhere to the Church of Scotland are Dissenters, not Non-conformists.

Anne

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