The Religions of Canadians
The Religions of Canadians is a book about religions and the making of Canada. Drawing on the expert knowledge and personal insights of scholars in history, the social sciences, and the phenomenology of religion, separate chapters introduce the beliefs and practices of nine religious traditions, some mainstream, some less familiar.
The opening chapter explores how Aboriginal Canadian traditions continue to thrive after centuries of oppression. Subsequent chapters follow in the footsteps of Catholic and Protestant Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Baha'is as they have made their way to Canada, and reveal how different immigrant communities have adapted their rich religious heritages to a new life in a new land. Each chapter is divided into five sections: an introduction; a succinct overview of the tradition; its passage to and transformation in Canada; a close study of contemporary Canadian communities; and an afterword suggesting possibilities for future research. Chapters conclude with a list of important terms and dates, related websites, a concise bibliography of further readings, and key questions for reflection.
The Religions of Canadians is a timely and unique contribution to the field, introducing readers to the religions of the world while simultaneously building an overall picture of the development of Canada's multicultural, pluralist society.
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- Page Count: 480 pages
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.2in x 9.0in
ReviewsWhile the intent is to educate all Canadians about current religious verities, Ontarians, and Torontonians in particular, should welcome this comprehensive and insightful commentary on trends and implications in their particular social realms.
The Religions of Canadians is a superb lens for understanding religious diversity as an integral component of current Canadian society.
Canadians usually think of their religious culture as an extension of that of the United States. In fact, it has developed quite differently with several distinctive emphases. Scott's The Religions of Canadians has finally broken through to give us a rich and vigourous picture of this religious life. Stressing the concept of religious community, the book is less concerned with dogma and more with structures of living and working together. Benefiting from some of the leading scholars in Canadian religion, this book gives us genuine insights into the way our deeper lives have been configured, why they have taken this form, and how Canadian culture can be considered distinctive. And it is a fine book both for the casual reader and for the student.
Earle Waugh, University of Alberta
Author InformationJamie S. Scott is Director of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University.
Table of contentsAcknowledgements
Introduction: Religions and the Making of Canada
Jamie S. Scott, York University
Jordan Paper, University of Victoria
2. Catholic Christians
Terence J. Fay, University of Toronto
3. Protestant Christians
C.T. McIntire, University of Toronto
Ira Robinson, Concordia University
Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University and Jamie S. Scott, York University
Paul Younger, McMaster University
Jamie S. Scott, York University and Henry C.H. Shiu, University of Toronto
Pashaura Singh, University of California, Riverside
Will C. van den Hoonaard, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University
Afterword: New Religious Movements and the Religions of Canadians Going Forward
Jamie S. Scott, York University, with contributions from Irving Hexham and Karla Poewe, University of Calgary
Appendix a: 2001 Census Tables: Selected Religions
Appendix b: 2001 Census Tables: Selected Religions by Immigrant
Status and Immigration Period
Subjects and Courses