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The religious times of Robert Burns

GERARD CARRUTHERS. A distinguished Burns scholar shares new research into the poet’s involvement in the religious and political issues of the day Broadly, we might say, Robert Burns was received during the 20th century essentially as a secular, even irreligious poet, ‘The Cotter’s Saturday Night’ (the poet’s sincere tribute to his Presbyterian cradle-culture) being gradually supplanted in its 19th century mass popularity by the iconoclastic kirk satire, ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’. Previously in this magazine I have written to suggest that the clear evidence [more]

A birthday tribute to Ian Fraser

TIM DUFFY. Church of Scotland minister, writer and theologian Dr Ian Fraser, who served on the board of Open House for many years, will be 100 years old this month.  An old friend pays tribute to the man he calls Scotland’s liberation theologian. The year 1917 saw the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther’s legendary nailing of the ninety-five theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral.  Celebrations were comparatively muted, given the continuing horror of war (Passchendaele alone from July to November [more]

Why remember the Reformation?

CHARLOTTE METHUEN.  A church historian asks what it means to remember the Reformation 500 years after Luther’s revolt against indulgences. On 31st October 1517, just over 500 years ago, Martin Luther sent to the Archbishop of Mainz ninety-five theses – propositions – that he had written against the practice of indulgences. Luther was disturbed and angry that people were being led to believe that if they paid for an indulgence, their forgiveness was assured.  ‘As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, [more]

December 2017/January 2018

Open House held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.