Full-Orbed Christianity: The Protestant Churches and Social Welfare in Canada, 1900-1940

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 25, 1996 - Religion - 367 pages
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Christie and Gauvreau look at the ways in which reformers expanded the churches' popular base through mass revivalism, established social work and sociology in Canadian universities and church colleges, and aggressively sought to take a leadership role in social reform by incorporating independent reform organizations into the church-sponsored Social Service Council of Canada. They also explore the instrumental role of Protestant clergymen in formulating social legislation and transforming the scope and responsibilities of the modern state. The enormous influence of the Protestant churches before World War II can no longer be ignored, nor can the view that the churches were accomplices in their own secularization be justified. A Full-Orbed Christianity calls on historians to rethink the role of Protestantism in Canadian life and to see it not as the garrison of anti-modernity but as the chief harbinger of cultural change before 1940.
 

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Contents

1 The Urgency of Evangelism
3
2 Reviving the Religion of the Vernacular
37
3 To Complete the Circle of Scientific Theology
75
The Protestant Churches and Social Work in Equipoise
131
5 The Protestant Churches the Social Survey and Rural Planning
165
A ClearingHouse for the Modern State
197
7 The United Church and the Revival of Personal Religion
224
Encompassing the Modern Age
244
Notes
251
Manuscript Sources
355
Index
359
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NANCY CHRISTIE is an independent scholar in Toronto and the Innis prize-winning author of "A Full-Orbed Christianity: The Protestant Churches and Social Welfare in Canada.

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