Religion in Scotland

Religion and theology lies at the heart of identity-formation, and complex questions of Scottish and British identities are at the core of current national debates. The School has a strong, long-held commitment to research on religion in Scotland, and its work in this area is characterised by important initiatives in knowledge exchange, through (e.g.) our partnership with the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow; leadership positions in the Episcopal Church and the Church of Scotland; engagement with local faith-groups, and with the Scottish Qualifications Authority concerning the religious curriculum for schools; and our innovative values-based vocational postgraduate training programmes for professional development in faith-based communities, health and social care, and anti-sectarian activism.

Members of the School have engaged with recent debates on Scottish independence, and we have hosted a recent symposium, Counting on Religion (2013) exploring religious belonging in Scotland.  The symposium brought together leading researchers in the field together with representatives of religious communities.

The School works closely with the University‚Äôs Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies.  It also houses the new Scottish Religious Cultures network, sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which is currently bringing together a number of HEIs in the UK and Ireland to look at issues of sectarianism and religious identity.

Scottish Religious Cultures network
Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies
St Mungo Museum

Associated Staff:

Julie Clague

Ms Julie Clague

Lecturer in Catholic Theology (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Ethics; Bioethics; Catholicism

Doug Gay

Rev Doug Gay

Lecturer in Practical Theology (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: missiology, nationalism, political theology, liturgy, worship, ministry, emerging church

Charlotte Methuen

Professor Charlotte Methuen

Professor of Ecclesiastical History (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Reformation History, Church History, History Of Ecumenism, History Of Women'S Ministry, Ministry In The Church

Gavin Miller

Dr Gavin Miller

Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities (English Literature)

Research interests: Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature And Medicine, History Of Psychiatry, History Of Psychoanalysis, History Of Psychotherapy, History Of Psychology

Mia Spiro

Dr Mia Spiro

Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Jewish studies, Jewish authors, Holocaust studies, fascism and anti-fascism, literature and political resistance, British modernism, minority literature, British Jewish history, Scottish Jewish history, Israeli literature and culture, Yiddish literature, Yiddish theatre

Scott Spurlock

Professor Scott Spurlock

Professor of Scottish and Early Modern Christianities (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Covenanters; Ecclesiastical History; Early Modern Britain & Ireland; Oliver Cromwell; Atlantic World; Migration Studies; Social History; English Civil War; Baptist; Dissenting Culture & Education; Medieval History; Ecclesiology; National Identity;Women Religious; Recusant Studies

Saeko Yazaki

Dr Saeko Yazaki

Lecturer in Religious Studies (Islam, Muslim-Jewish relations and Japenese traditions) (Theology & Religious Studies)