A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the by Phyllis D. Airhart

By Phyllis D. Airhart

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet used to be this Canadian-made church unsuitable in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a state explores this query by means of weaving jointly the background 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 creating a Christian country persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational ameliorations and concentration as a substitute on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart strains the recent church's fight to avoid wasting its recognition 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 battle, the way forward for the church appeared vibrant. however the ties among own religion and civic existence that the founders took with no consideration have been quickly tattered through the secular cultural typhoon sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the belief that making a Christian social order in Canada was once not likely - maybe even bad - in a pluralistic international. A Church with the Soul of a kingdom sheds gentle at the United Church's prior controversies and current dilemmas via displaying how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the foundation for its accomplishments and intricate its version to the recent international taking shape.

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Indb 25 2013-10-31 14:12:58 26 A Church with the Soul of a Nation The early Methodists, including Wesley’s own family, thought of themselves as loyal members of the Church of England. 111 A distinctive piety grew principally out of Methodism’s emphasis on conversion coupled with efforts to discern Wesley’s understanding of holiness or Christian perfection (an attainment which he himself was reluctant to claim). ”113 Wesley had hoped to renew the Church of England with his efforts. Instead he provoked a crisis.

105 Their spiritual forebears, the Puritans (viewed by some as notable for their intolerance), held the right of conscience on religious matters as a cherished principle. At the time of the Puritan Revolution, Oliver Cromwell (an Independent whom Morton considered part of the Congregationalist family) had proposed that in order to protect freedom of consciences, it might be necessary to have liberty for all religions. Morton noted that this concept, so shocking to Presbyterians when first proposed, was now largely accepted in Canada.

For there is a danger and it is national! Either we must educate and elevate the incoming multitudes or they will drag us and our children down to a lower level. ”44 Sparling’s apprehension was broadly felt, even among Protestants who rejected church union as the most effective way of meeting the challenge of immigration. Speaking to the Presbyterian Pre-Assembly Congress in 1913, Rev. D. indb 12 2013-10-31 14:12:57 “Friendly Service” to the Nation 13 diseased, oppressed, draining charitable resources when unemployed and undercutting wages when employed, carrying unhelpful political baggage such as atheistic socialist ideas, and disproportionately tending toward crime, insanity, and pauperism.

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