A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the by Catherine Gidney

By Catherine Gidney

On the flip of the century Protestantism permeated the cultural textile of English-Canadian society. by way of 1970, besides the fact that, universities have been basically secular. was once this modification the results of the altering nature of Protestantism on the flip of the century or forces exterior to it? by way of reading the position Protestantism performed on college campuses from 1920 to 1970, Catherine Gidney furthers the talk over the character and technique of secularization in English Canada.

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Presidents at the University of Toronto similarly expressed religious sentiments through the prism of literature and the arts. J. ”52 If presidents placed great importance on the values that could be learnt through literature, they were often wary of more “useful” subjects. Certainly they welcomed the benefits of science. But they, and others, were also increasingly concerned that with technological progress, academics and Canadians more generally would lose sight of greater moral goals. ”53 Or as Lord Tweedsmuir put it at a McMaster convocation, technological progress was a “triumph of the human mind,” but it also had the danger of dominating humans.

50 Nor was this tradition of attributing moral training to literature limited to the denominational college. Presidents at the University of Toronto similarly expressed religious sentiments through the prism of literature and the arts. J. ”52 If presidents placed great importance on the values that could be learnt through literature, they were often wary of more “useful” subjects. Certainly they welcomed the benefits of science. But they, and others, were also increasingly concerned that with technological progress, academics and Canadians more generally would lose sight of greater moral goals.

84 At denominational colleges, expectations were often made explicit. P. book Page 16 Tuesday, August 3, 2004 10:16 AM 16 A Long Eclipse are brought home; so too is the duty of each one to his brother man near and far. 86 When Margaret Ormsby was hired by the history department at McMaster University in the early 1940s, the department head, Chester New, inquired into her religious background and her moral character. Although Ormsby had been baptized an Anglican, New had to consider carefully whether Ormsby would be acceptable at Baptist McMaster.

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