ESS letter in Scotsman – Latest Scottish Household Survey

Empty Churches

Latest figures in the Scottish Household Survey show Scots identifying as “not religious at all” have increased as predicted to about half of the population ( your report Aug 27th)

For us there is little surprise in these figures but no schadenfreude as all are free to their religious faith.

But with barely a quarter of Scots saying that they are Church of Scotland is it not time to reimagine Scotland’s “nation church” as a respectable but minority private belief system and not as an institution claiming to represent the spirituality of all with unelected seats on education committees and access to state schools?

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Scotsman Newspaper

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