By Catherine Gidney
On the flip of the century Protestantism permeated the cultural textile of English-Canadian society. via 1970, in spite of the fact that, universities have been basically secular. was once this transformation the results of the altering nature of Protestantism on the flip of the century or forces exterior to it? by way of analyzing 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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What this role entailed was often more assumed than clearly spelled out. However, a number of incidents in which professors’ statements or behaviour raised public controversy indicate the sort of general expectations held by administrators, church leaders, and the public at large concerning both statements by faculty members within the classroom and their behaviour and public pronouncements outside the walls of academe. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries several controversial cases arose at denominational colleges as professors in faculties of theology began to incorporate higher criticism into their thinking.
Brown believed that in Western civilization this unifying factor was Christianity. ”49 Brown’s statements were not much different from those of a previous Victoria College president, Nathanael Burwash. ”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.
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. When she was offered the position Ormsby was told that she could neither smoke nor drink and would be required to attend daily morning religious services.
A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University, 1920-1970 by Catherine Gidney