The Very Reverend Duncan Shaw, Ph.D., Th.Dr., Dr.h.c,
minister of the parish of Craigentinny and
formerly of St. Margaret's, Dumbiedykes, both in
Edinburgh, stands in the old tradition of a
scholary tradition of a scholarly committed
professional whose entire life has been
spent in areas where the church has always had to
stuggle for a relevant place. While widely
recognised and honoured as a historian, theologian, administrator and
international ecumenical personality his primary concerns have been well
educated apposite parish ministry and the reform of the Church of
Scotland enabled again to relate vitally to a nation faced with radical
changes in every aspect of its life. The contents of this little book
At the request of a number of friends, I have
selected a few addresses, some previously circulating in typescripts,
which encapsulate some of my continuing concerns. They now appear, as
delivered, in chronological order.
I must acknowledge that the strength to persevere in
the Christian ministry has been rooted in the faithful remnant which
appreciates that the church can only remain alive when continually
undergoing an inner reformation.
This modest work is published in the hope that those,
who share my commitment to the Kirk, will not lose heart and who may yet
creatively shape the future of the church in Scotland.
To The late General Superintendent D. Dr.
Gunter Jacob, who, during forty years, manifested to me, in his
conversation, his life, his words and his works, signs of hope.
To The many comrades in the British Army
and the rare guerrillas in the church who taught me the salviflcal power