Building the promised land: the Church of Scotland’s church extension movement, 1944-61

Elaine W. McFarland

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The main theme of this article is the interaction between physical and spiritual reconstruction in the post-war decades. During this period, Scotland witnessed a massive public housing drive, resulting in large-scale population movement. The Church of Scotland viewed this as both a challenge to its role as a national church and as an opportunity for church renewal. Part of a much larger religious boom in Western Europe and North America, the Church Extension movement in this case initially displayed energy and imagination in launching a parallel programme of church-building in the New Towns and housing estates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-220
Number of pages9
JournalTwentieth Century British History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011



  • religion
  • Scotland
  • secularisation

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