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By Robert A. Wright

ISBN-10: 0773508732

ISBN-13: 9780773508736

Wright examines those church buildings' historic connections with the surface international and their newly cultivated curiosity in foreign politics. He argues that the clerical and missionary élite's imaginative and prescient of "a new internationalism" was once stressed by way of basically "Victorian" principles of the inherent superiority of Protestant Christianity, political democracy, and Anglo-Saxon "race characteristics." Tensions among its conventional global view and the hot realities of foreign and inter-racial family members finally made this imaginative and prescient untenable. in line with Wright, the Canadian church buildings of mainline Protestantism attempted to discover a center floor. They comfy the hyperlink among conversion and westernization and got here to just accept the legitimacy of indigenous church buildings in Asia and Africa. even though they finally caught to their subject of Christian brotherhood and repair, they faced the theological demanding situations of reconciling Christianity with different trust platforms and the highbrow revolution within the West. And, even if they paid ritual admire to the League of countries and collective defense and approved warfare in 1939 as worthwhile, they confirmed prepared curiosity in disarmament. whereas the ambivalence of this center floor had a few tragic effects, reminiscent of the disability of the Canadian Protestant management to foyer forcefully on behalf of both eu Jewish refugees within the Nineteen Thirties or jap- Canadians interred in the course of international warfare II, there have been successes in humanitarian, aid, and academic paintings in a foreign country. The church buildings' actions additionally assisted in shaping the foreign function of the Christian group and their eventual reputation of either ethnic variety and the constructing countries' correct to self-determination laid a lot of the foundation for Canada's post-war method of international reduction and development.

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Many sermons by Canadian clergymen on the chaotic state of the postwar world can be described only as jeremiads. 29 Similar statements could be heard from all of the major Protestant denominations throughout the decade. For all of their harshness, however, the tone of these lamentations was rarely one of outright castigation. They are better understood as elements in a process of spiritual reconstruction. Many churchmen employed the spectre of spiritual declension and social dislocation as a means of inspiring renewed Christian faith.

In radical social-gospel circles, the Soviet Union was seen as "the great experiment" in the 19305 and communism was probed for insights into the creation in the West of a new social order. Some United Churchmen even travelled to the USSR to see the future firsthand. For most of the Protestant clergy in Canada, however, for whom atheistic communism could never be an acceptable solution to the world's ills, the recognition that communism and Christianity were in some ways alike produced troubling dilemmas.

Clearly, most church leaders in Canada appreciated the raison d'etre of the league - the necessity of an alternative to war as a means of settling international disputes - and they were genuinely inspired by the league's tangible successes, particularly in the area of social work. 56 Yet these resolutions were conceived, discussed, and drafted, often with many revisions, as matters of public record. " It would have been equally inappropriate for the churches to fail to acknowledge "League of Nations Sunday" each November, and so their unanimous observance of this day cannot be said to indicate unanimous enthusiasm.

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