The Holiest Lie Ever is made up of controversial material pertaining to religion and all the facts. It reveals the truth behind many religious aspects that have become distorted over time and predominantly focuses on Christianity. The material is both informative and insightful. This book is intended for anyone who belongs to a religious entity or is interested in learning about the truth of where religion comes from and why it has transformed into the form that it has taken today.
This is an account of Smith's travels on the Isle of Skye in Scotland during the summer of 1864. He spent his annual month's holiday on Skye and considered it to be a retreat from urban pressures. His creative side was inspired by the unpredictable and irrational features of the island. His work describes the contrasts of storms and calm, semi-surrealistic mountain shapes and colours and the superstitions and fantastic tales of the inhabitants. This would be his last visit to Skye, certainly in good health. At the age of thirty-seven, Smith died at Wardie, near Edinburgh in 1867.
This highly readable book is a unique, ethnographic study of devolution and Scottish politics as well as Party political activism more generally. It explores how Conservative Party activists who had opposed devolution and the movement for a Scottish Parliament during the 1990s attempted to mobilise politically following their annihilation at the 1997 General Election. It draws on fieldwork conducted in Dumfries and Galloway - a former stronghold for the Scottish Tories - to describe how senior Conservatives worked from the assumption that they had endured their own 'crisis' in representation. The material consequences of this crisis included losses of financial and other resources, legitimacy and local knowledge for the Scottish Conservatives. This book ethnographically describes the processes, practices and relationships that Tory Party activists sought to enact during the 2003 Scottish and local Government elections. Its central argument is that, having asserted that the difficulties they faced constituted problems of knowledge, Conservative activists cast to the geographical and institutional margins of Scotland became 'banal' activists. Believing themselves to be lacking in the data and information necessary for successful mobilisation during Parliamentary elections, local Tory Party strategists attempted to address their knowledge 'crisis' by burying themselves in paperwork and petty bureaucracy. Such practices have often escaped scholarly attention because they appear everyday and mundane and are therefore less noticeable.