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By Kevin N. Flatt

At a time while Canadians have been arguing in regards to the benefits of a brand new flag, the birth-control tablet, and the transforming into hippie counterculture, the leaders of Canada's biggest Protestant church have been eager about turning a lot of English-Canadian non secular tradition on its head. In After Evangelicalism, Kevin Flatt unearths how the United Church of Canada without warning reinvented its public photo by means of slicing the rest ties to its evangelical earlier. Flatt argues that even though United Church leaders had already deserted evangelical ideals 3 a long time past, it used to be in basic terms within the Sixties that quick cultural shifts caused the surprising dismantling of the church's evangelical courses and identification. Delving deep into the United Church's records, Flatt uncovers behind-the-scenes advancements that ended in progressive and arguable adjustments within the church's evangelistic campaigns, academic courses, ethical stances, and theological photo. not just did those adjustments evict evangelicalism from the United Church, yet they helped set off the denomination's ongoing numerical decline and decisively replaced Canada's spiritual panorama. not easy readers to work out the Canadian non secular hindrance of the Sixties as regarding greater than simply Quebec's Quiet Revolution, After Evangelicalism unveils the transformation of 1 of Canada's so much famous social institutions.

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J. ”26 Somewhat surprisingly, given that there was no particular affinity between neo-orthodoxy and traditional revivalism, United Church officials tended to link the “return to theology” and the return to evangelism. 27 Thus, the influence of Barthian neo-orthodoxy among United Church leaders helped provide theological justification for, and thereby helped reinforce, the return to evangelism. indb 23 2013-05-09 15:43:44 24 After Evangelicalism their constituency was threatened by the more enthusiastic revivalism of smaller evangelical denominations.

94 Such stories sought to inculcate a missionary spirit among the church’s children. 96 In their emphasis on the Bible, missions, and evangelical morality, therefore, the graded and uniform lessons promoted a generally evangelical viewpoint. This evangelical emphasis could also be seen in the official purposes of the church school, as stated in bce publications. 97 Specifically, the church school was to be pro-Bible, encouraging students to know and identify with the Scriptures and read them devotionally.

57 Although Pidgeon and others continued to see evangelism as a means of stimulating social reform, this did not prevent them from using traditional evangelical language to describe such evangelism. 59 Yet in the midst of all this evangelistic effort the bess, the United Church’s arbiter of evangelistic and social action, prepared a significant “Statement on Evangelism” that revealed major points of divergence between the thinking of church leaders and evangelical theology. Issued in 1934 in response to the General Council’s request for an official statement on the church’s view of evangelism, the statement illustrated an important fact: church leaders could back revivalism without holding evangelical beliefs.

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