The number of people training to become ministers in the Church of Scotland is on the rise. I haven't lived in Scotland for a long time now and only make the occasional visit. So I don't really have any sense of the health of the Kirk. But I find this heartening news. It mirrors the steady rise in seminarians training to become priests in the Catholic Church in England and Wales over the last decade or so. The view is commonly expressed that religion in the West is in a state of terminal decline. But I'm not sure that's the case.