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From: Neil McEwan <[log in to unmask]>
> >Many Celts were quite happy to join the Churches of England or Ireland;
> >theirs was not to reason why. But they emigrated anyway, and went
> >back to being Catholics and Presbyterians out back of the farthest
> >Antipodes, and throughout the Americas, North and South, Africa . . .
> ... and this is not it. The Celts did not emigrate *because* they were
> Christians, if that is what you are suggesting (tho' to be honest your
> incoherent writing style leaves great room for doubt as to just what it is
> you *are* saying).
Let's look at some facts here.....in the Highlands, at least,
Presbyterianism was the predominant Christian branch at the time of the
Diaspora---all 129 + varieties. The Church of England had nothing to do with
the Church of Scotland or the Free Church. In fact, the Episcopalian
variety, which is closest, if not identical to the Church of England, had
lost popularity over the a century before---as Highlanders used their
judgment to determine which church they wanted to attend---as did the Church
of Scotland in 1843 when 3/4s of Highland ministers "walked out".