Introductory comment on the contents of the current volume in relation to the purposes of the Society.
Volume 42 Winter 2006-7
Reference to articles of Scottish or Reformed interest in recent issues of Ecclesiology Today.
Tom Davidson Kelly claims priority for the use of ‘ecclesiology’ in reference to buildings used for worship andrepels charges of aestheticism and antiquarianism brought against its practitioners but asserts the importance of awe and mystery, beauty and the beauty of holiness in the building and furnishing of places of worship. He calls for a reassertion of ecclesiological principles in the present day. The article is backed by two appendices, the first listing members of the Society associated with the Ecclesiological Societies and the second listing ecclesiologists associated with the Royal Scottish Academy. An extensive list of footnotes provides much additional information and indicates the importance of The Annual of the Society as a source.
William Johnstone, stating that he writes primarily as a student of the Hebrew Bible, examines the place of Moses in the typology which undergirds the pictorial summa theologica provided by medieval stained glass. Eleven of the author’s photographs (three in colour) illustrate examples which he cites from windows in Sens, Cologne, and St Denis, and in the enamels, now the Verduner altar, which provide a particularly full account of the typological scheme. Much information and many references are provided in forty-four footnotes.
Henry Sefton provides the text used by him at such a service, with brief introductory notes.
Scotland’s Best Churches (2005) by John R Hume. Tom Davidson Kelly carefully assesses and welcomes a finely illustrated volume which ‘skilfully includes 184 places of Christian worship from across the mainland and islands of Scotland, each significant building period, and a range of denominations’.
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