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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters.


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  • The service, conducted in the rituals of the Free Church of Scotland, was traditional.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • The water-into-wine parable had been passed over by the congregation of the Free Church of Scotland, or Wee Frees as they were commonly known.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • McAllister knew of the psalmody of the Free Church but had never before been immersed in the eerie sound.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • He defends the idea of the Free Church and Free State; the State as the community of communities; government as the agency that holds the ring for a proper, interactive plurality of organizations.

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  • As a reformed Presbyterian divine and churchman, he entered the ministry of the Church of Scotland and later joined the Free Church at the time of the Disruption of 1843.

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  • It was less than a decade since the upheavals of the 1843 Disruption, when the more dogmatic members of the established Church of Scotland had staged a revolt against the alien practice of patrons appointing the minister and had gone off to form their own fundamentalist Free Church.

    'The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes:

  • To limit the doing to a credentialed lot seems contrary to a Free Church.

    Philocrites: A religion still seeking definition.

  • Burns was more than just a member of the Free Church of Scotland.

    Mortal Causes

  • There happened to be in Edinburgh at this time a carpenter named Mr. Charles Ovens, belonging to the Free Church, who was keenly interested in foreign missions.

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary

  • Into the United Free Church the United Presbyterians brought thirty - eight women missionaries and one hundred and eighty-five women agents, and the Free Church brought sixty European women missionaries and ten

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary


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