Douglas Murray of the University of Glasgow reminds us that prior to the Disruption there were two ‘parties’ in the church, Moderates and Evangelicals, and the latter came to the fore through a ‘ten year conflict’. The break only came when the state refused to allow leeway in the appointment of a minister; a second, similar, issue was the Chapel Act, again overturned by the state. A moderate party put a compromise proposal which failed to win the Assembly. The exit of the Evangelicals opened the way to liturgical renewal, and was the reason that this came first within the Auld Kirk. Article IV discussed, which enabled a church both national and free.
Reflection on the Disruption
Volume 28 Lent 1995, p16