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By Kevin N. Flatt

ISBN-10: 0773541233

ISBN-13: 9780773541238

At a time whilst Canadians have been arguing concerning the benefits of a brand new flag, the birth-control capsule, and the starting to be hippie counterculture, the leaders of Canada's greatest Protestant church have been interested by turning a lot of English-Canadian spiritual tradition on its head. In After Evangelicalism, Kevin Flatt unearths how the United Church of Canada all of sudden reinvented its public photograph by means of slicing the remainder ties to its evangelical previous. Flatt argues that even though United Church leaders had already deserted evangelical ideals 3 many years past, it was once in simple terms within the Nineteen Sixties that speedy cultural shifts triggered the surprising dismantling of the church's evangelical courses and identification. Delving deep into the United Church's documents, Flatt uncovers behind-the-scenes advancements that resulted in progressive and arguable alterations within the church's evangelistic campaigns, academic courses, ethical stances, and theological photograph. not just did those adjustments evict evangelicalism from the United Church, yet they helped set off the denomination's ongoing numerical decline and decisively replaced Canada's non secular panorama. demanding readers to work out the Canadian spiritual drawback of the Sixties as regarding greater than simply Quebec's Quiet Revolution, After Evangelicalism unveils the transformation of 1 of Canada's such a lot favorite social institutions.

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10 Was this flurry of activity a sign that the United Church was still very much a part of the evangelical tradition? Here the story gets rather murky. Although historians of religion in Canada have generally agreed that the 1930s brought an apparent resurgence of evangelical emphases to the United Church, they have not been able to agree on the significance or interpretation of this phenomenon. 11 In this view, the revivals cannot be taken as representing the continuing vitality of an evangelicalism that was in fact long gone from the mainline churches.

The burning desire of church leaders for social reform, though it may have dimmed somewhat, was also not quenched. In fact, as will be seen in what follows, both currents continued to profoundly shape the thinking and actions of church leaders over the following decades. Still, the United Church faced uncertain terrain as it entered the 1930s. Then, just as the new church was gaining its footing, Canada was hit by the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression. At the same time, something remarkable happened: the church seemed to be swept up in a resurgence of old-time evangelicalism.

The quintessential evangelical goal of conversion was also a central purpose of the church school in these curriculum materials. 99 Similarly, an emphasis on Christ-centred morality and character building typical of traditional evangelicalism permeated the purposes of the church school. ”100 Interestingly, there were some indications that the Christian education staff, like the bess, saw evangelical conversionism and morality as tools for building a new society. indb 37 2013-05-09 15:43:45 38 After Evangelicalism education officials shared the commitment of other United Church leaders to the concept of the church’s role as a “colony of heaven” and its mission to transform society.

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