Faith in the factory: the Church of Scotland's industrial mission, 1942–58

Elaine W. McFarland, Ronald Johnston

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This article interprets the Church of Scotland's post-war industrial mission project as a deliberate attempt to relate constructively with the changing social world. The analysis places this case study in the wider context of industrial mission experiments in France, England and Germany. Although the scheme was less radical than its European counterparts, this article suggests that it was more widely represented in Scottish workplaces and better integrated into the structures of the mainstream church. This comparison not only points to the relative institutional vitality of the national church, but also to the enduring strength of a broader ‘discursive Christianity’ in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-564
Number of pages26
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number221
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


  • Church of Scotland
  • 20th century history


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