On Sunday 13th, at the SECC, Christians For Independence again hosted a conference fringe event.
Christians For Independence invited Owen Dudley Edwards FRSE, FRHistS, FSA(Scot), Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, renowned author, esteemed historian, devoted Roman Catholic and highly regarded SNP member of Edinburgh Newington Branch.
In what was our biggest event yet Owen spoke of how Christianity is everywhere and the the 'public square' includes all walks of life.
In recent times we have heard much of the need for Christian values - sometimes relevant and sometimes not.
Throughout history Christians have played a prominent role in the Scottish public life, and it is as important now as it ever has been for Christians to be proud and promote the truth of God’s Word in our daily goings on.
About our Speaker :
Owen Dudley Edwards is an Honorary Fellow in the School of History at the University of Edinburgh, where he has taught from 1968, and one of life's great polymaths.
Owen was born in Dublin and educated at Belvedere College and UCD. He has been acknowledged as ‘a distinguished Irish scholar and man of letters, whose pan-Celtic spirit comprehends a Welsh name, a university post in Scotland and several important books including Irish history and politics in Scotland.’ He is a regular contributor and reviewer for radio, television and the press.
His diverse books include The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle; Mind of an Activist: James Connolly; P.G Wodehouse: A Critical and Historical Study; Macaulay; Burke and Hare; Hare and Burke (play); Éamon de Valera; British Children’s Fiction in the Second World War; How David Cameron Saved Scotland and Scotland’s Waterloo amongst others.
Of his own work, in Saint Johnny, Owen Dudley Edwards views the story of the pilgrimage and passion of 'Jesus Christ' through the eyes of Johnny, his youngest disciple.
Owen was one of the famous 79 Group along with the likes of Alex Salmond, Kenny McAskill and Margo MacDonald (Whatever did happen to them?)
Owen worked with another icon from the 79 Group, the late Stephen Maxwell, in editing his book 'Arguing For Independence'.