Christian Churches and Their Peoples, 1840-1965: A Social History of Religion in Canada
Published: December 2010© 2010
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 176 Pages
Dimensions: 5.54 x 8.62
176 Pages, 5.54 x 8.62 x 0.63 in
Religious institutions, values, and identities are fundamental to understanding the lived experiences of Canadians in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. Christian Churches and Their Peoples, an inter-denominational study, considers how Christian churches influenced the social and cultural development of Canadian society across regional and linguistic lines.
By shifting their focus beyond the internal dynamics of institutions, Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau address broad social issues such as the ways in which religion is linked to changing mores, the key role of laypeople in shaping churches, and the ways in which First Nations peoples both appropriated and resisted missionary teachings. With an important analysis of popular religious ideas and practices, Christian Churches and Their Peoples demonstrates that the cultural authority and regulatory practices of religious institutions both affirmed and opposed the personal religious values of Canadians, ultimately facilitating their elaboration of personal, ethnic, gender, and national identities.
Chapter One: The Religious Cultures of Discipline And Dissidence in Colonial Society
Chapter Two: Machinery of Salvation: The Making of a Civic Christianity
Chapter Three: 'Their Advance in Christian Civilization': Missionaries and Colonialism at Home
Chapter Four: 'Canada is our parish': Social Christianity and its Discontents, 1910-1940
Chapter Five: 'The In-Group and the Rest':The Churches and the Construction of a New Urban Lifestyle, 1940-1965
‘This book offers significant contribution to our understanding of the importance of religion to the social development of Canada between 1840 and 1965…Christie and Gauvearu’s analysis makes clear important distinctions between the social history of religion in Canada and that being played out in the United States.’ Mark G. Toulouse, The Journal of Religion; vol 92:04:2012