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The church minister who was also a murderer

When he was 24 years old, James Nelson killed his mother with a truncheon. After serving 10 years in prison, he claimed God’s forgiveness

By Elizabeth Oldfield   March 2018
God might forgive a killer, but can we? (Pixabay)

God might forgive a killer, but can we? (Pixabay)

Stuart Kelly’s new book tells the story of convicted murderer James Nelson, who in 1984 divided the Church of Scotland when he was appointed as a minister. Kelly, literary editor of the Scotland on Sunday, uses this compelling story as an organising theme for one of the most honest and humane books I’ve read in years.

When he was 24 years old, Nelson killed his mother with a truncheon. After admitting…

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