Presbyterians and conscience

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Eric McKimmon


This essay explores the nature and role of conscience in the history of Scottish and Irish Presbyterianism. It sets out an account of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in relation to conscience arguing that, with regard to present debates, Presbyterianism needs to reflect more deeply on the renewing power of the Spirit. It concludes by reflecting on conscience as a possible means to approach healing the rift between the Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland over the issue of same-sex relationships.

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