By Phyllis D. Airhart
The tale starts off within the aftermath of Confederation, whilst the clients of establishing a Christian kingdom persuaded a gaggle of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational variations and concentration in its place on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart lines the recent 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 monetary melancholy and struggle, the way forward for the church appeared vivid. however the ties among own religion and civic existence that the founders took with no 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 belief that making a Christian social order in Canada used to be not likely - maybe even bad - in a pluralistic world.
A Church with the Soul of a country sheds gentle at the United Church's previous controversies and current dilemmas by way of displaying how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and complex its model to the recent global taking shape.
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A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada (McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion) by Phyllis D. Airhart