Fresh foundations

I note with interest that churches and faith groups in Scotland have joined forces to demand recognition for the role of religion in the Scottish constitution currently being drafted in Holyrood.

Fair enough to a point; I would agree that religions have played their part in building the foundations of society here.

However, perhaps Alex Salmond & Co would do better to pay far greater heed to the principles of great humanist figures from the Scottish Enlightenment such as David Hume and Adam Smith. It was they who called for people to “reject authority not justified by reason”.

After all, a newly independent Scotland would have a golden opportunity to build its fresh foundations on the shoulders of giants rather than dogma.

Julia Wait