Banner in the West

A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris

By John MacLeod

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From the unfathomable Standing Stones of Callanish to the quiet dignity of Christian commitment, the people of Lewis and Harris have, for millennia, sought for eternal meaning through their struggles in a robust, stripping environment. This work outlines the religious history of this Hebridean community.

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From the unfathomable Standing Stones of Callanish to the quiet dignity of Christian commitment, the people of Lewis and Harris have, for millennia, sought for eternal meaning through their struggles in a robust, stripping environment. Even today, as their Gaelic world is increasingly besieged by change, migration and the impact of the mass-media, their distinctive spirituality continues to fascinate a wider world. Today, the Long Island is, to many, Britain's 'last stronghold of the pure Gospel'; a place still defined by heartfelt religion - a community where, for instance, the threat of a Sabbath ferry service can still arouse considerable passion.In this sparkling account of island faith - from unknown, Megalithic builders to a war of Free Church schism waged on the Internet - award-winning journalist John MacLeod outlines the gripping religious history of this Hebridean community. This is a story that has never been related before, by any author, from the dawn of this island community to the present day - the tale of a people as indomitable as their landscape and a faith as profound as the Hebridean sea.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 8 Jun 2010
SKU 9781841588520-grouped
Number of Pages 416

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'Every Gael should read this book'

'The vast amount of research involved shines through every page' 

'Magisterial' 

'Feisty and fascinating'

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