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By Graham Spencer

In keeping with interview fabric with a variety of Protestant clergy in Northern eire, this ebook examines how Protestant identification affects at the probability of peace and balance and argues for larger involvement via the Protestant church buildings within the transition from clash to a 'post-conflict' Northern eire.

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92)) which makes religious conviction inseparable from convictions about social and political order. The impact of the evangelical imagination on social and political thought is addressed in Hilton’s excellent book The Age of Atonement (2001). Hilton explains how the development of this imagination led Evangelicalism, Presbyterianism and Protestant Church Identity 41 to a middle-class preoccupation with moral and national pride from the mid-nineteenth century in Britain which shaped ‘ideals of economy, frugality, professionalism, and financial rectitude’ (Hilton 2001: 7).

14). ). : 17). Fragmentations which have traditionally existed in unionism in Northern Ireland indicate the propensity to find consistency with the Presbyterian disregard for unity. Indeed, as we know, unity is seen as dangerous and an affront to the individual struggle with Scripture and conscience. Significantly, if the measure of conscience and morality is how one exercises one’s own relationship with Scripture, then the idea of moral unity itself becomes problematic since such a concept would presuppose a ‘correct’ or ‘pure’ interpretation of morality, which contradicts the importance of the individual struggle.

In contrast, those who adhere to the deductive method of Protestant faith, and in particular the Calvinist perspective, tend to conceptualise the aspirations of belief as possible only when the individual starts from the point of perceived Protestant History and Imagination 25 truth. : 56). This indicates that Catholicism works more through a conditioned approach to life and belief, whereas Protestantism tends to operate more from a factual perspective. And whilst conditions change and require flexibility in terms of comprehension, facts tend not to change and so acquire a dominance or rigid basis for comprehension.

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