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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.