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By Phyllis D. Airhart

ISBN-10: 0773542485

ISBN-13: 9780773542488

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet was once this Canadian-made church mistaken in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a state explores this query via weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural switch. the tale starts off within the aftermath of Confederation, whilst the clients of establishing a Christian state persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational modifications and concentration as an alternative on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart strains the hot church's fight to avoid wasting its acceptance in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to affix what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of financial melancholy and warfare, the way forward for the church appeared brilliant. however the ties among own religion and civic existence that the founders took with no consideration have been quickly tattered by means of the secular cultural hurricane sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the belief that making a Christian social order in Canada used to be not likely - maybe even bad - in a pluralistic international. A Church with the Soul of a state sheds gentle at the United Church's prior controversies and current dilemmas via exhibiting how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and intricate its model to the hot global taking shape.

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By Phyllis D. Airhart

ISBN-10: 0773542485

ISBN-13: 9780773542488

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet was once this Canadian-made church mistaken in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a state explores this query via weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural switch. the tale starts off within the aftermath of Confederation, whilst the clients of establishing a Christian state persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational modifications and concentration as an alternative on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart strains the hot church's fight to avoid wasting its acceptance in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to affix what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of financial melancholy and warfare, the way forward for the church appeared brilliant. however the ties among own religion and civic existence that the founders took with no consideration have been quickly tattered by means of the secular cultural hurricane sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the belief that making a Christian social order in Canada used to be not likely - maybe even bad - in a pluralistic international. A Church with the Soul of a state sheds gentle at the United Church's prior controversies and current dilemmas via exhibiting how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and intricate its model to the hot global taking shape.

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B. Creighton, the new editor of the Methodist denominational paper, was using the columns of the Christian Guardian to send the same message. The church had a responsibility to work with the state to provide educational and religious services for the immigrant today; otherwise, they were likely to become a burden tomorrow. T. S. W. Sparling of Wesley College in Winnipeg wanted to leave no doubt in young readers’ minds about the enormity of the task facing the churches. S. Woodsworth’s Strangers within Our Gates, a study text for the youth department of the Methodist Missionary Society, he wrote in 1909: “I can with confidence commend this pioneering Canadian work on the subject to the careful consideration of those who are desirous of understanding and grappling with this great national danger.

Together they would create something distinctively Canadian out of the beliefs that were shared in common. ” As Morton developed the plot, church union was the obvious next chapter to the story of Christianity in Canada. The customary account of the origins of a religious tradition usually emphasized what set it apart from others. Morton added a twist to his tale by highlighting what Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Methodists had in common. ”97 Overcoming such differences was central to the ­story of the United Church’s forbears as the first generation of church union supporters related it.

Was it the unionists who, buttressed by a winning majority in every one of the several votes taken by its general assemblies, presbyteries, and congregations between 1910 and 1924, claimed to be carrying its name with them into union? Or was it those who refused to give up the right to be called the Presbyterian Church in Canada? There was a good deal at stake (not least, the question of who had the right to the property and funds held under the legal title of The Presbyterian Church in Canada).

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