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By Phyllis D. Airhart

ISBN-10: 0773542485

ISBN-13: 9780773542488

ISBN-10: 0773542493

ISBN-13: 9780773542495

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet was once this Canadian-made church unsuitable in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a country explores this query through weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural change.

The tale starts within the aftermath of Confederation, while the clients of establishing a Christian country persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational modifications and concentration in its place on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart lines the hot church's fight to save lots of its popularity in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to hitch what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of financial melancholy and struggle, the way forward for the church appeared vivid. however the ties among own religion and civic lifestyles that the founders took without any consideration have been quickly tattered by way of the secular cultural typhoon sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the conclusion that making a Christian social order in Canada was once not likely - maybe even bad - in a pluralistic world.

A Church with the Soul of a country sheds mild at the United Church's earlier controversies and current dilemmas through exhibiting how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the foundation for its accomplishments and complex its version to the recent global taking shape.

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