chapter  4
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The Church of Scotland today

The relationship between the established Church and the state is now regulated by the Church of Scotland Act 1921 and nine ‘Articles Declaratory of the Constitution of the Church of Scotland in Matters Spiritual’ declared to be lawful by and scheduled to it.1 The Articles Declaratory were formulated through consultations and negotiations between the Kirk and the United Free Church to allow the union of the two largest of the presbyterian denominations in Scotland. Following mutual acceptance of a Basis and Plan of Union and with the Articles as fundamental to it, the present Church of Scotland came into being in May 1929.2 Given history, getting there was understandably lengthy, not to say tortuous. To narrate and discuss the negotiations would take a separate treatise.3 It will suffice to summarise what is of interest for the present study.