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October 3, 2019

Welcome to Scotland

Written by: Julia Smolucha

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Adam Smith
David Hume
John Knox at St. Giles Cathedral
Kathy Evertsberg and Sue Smart

Day One of our pilgrimage to the other holy land, 28 of us from Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, and Ohio rendezvoused and spent the day in Edinburgh.

In search of the truth of the book, “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” we met David Hume (1711–1776). All human beings, said Hume, have an unshakeable lust to own property. “This avidity alone of acquiring good and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society”

The leader of Scotland’s Reformation, John Knox (c.1513–1572). In a word, the Scottish Enlightenment invented the modern world by standing in those old Calvinist fundamentals, but then by escaping the rigid, doctrinaire trappings.

The Father of Economics, Adam Smith (1723–1790) another key figure of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Please keep our travelers in your prayers as they walk in the footsteps of John Knox, may they stay safe and healthy with open hearts as they learn Scotland’s sacred heritage.