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By Robert A. Wright

ISBN-10: 0773508732

ISBN-13: 9780773508736

Wright examines those church buildings' ancient connections with the skin global and their newly cultivated curiosity in foreign politics. He argues that the clerical and missionary élite's imaginative and prescient of "a new internationalism" used to be confused by way of primarily "Victorian" principles of the inherent superiority of Protestant Christianity, political democracy, and Anglo-Saxon "race characteristics." Tensions among its conventional international view and the recent realities of foreign and inter-racial family members finally made this imaginative and prescient untenable. based on Wright, the Canadian church buildings of mainline Protestantism attempted to discover a center flooring. They comfy the hyperlink among conversion and westernization and got here to simply accept the legitimacy of indigenous church buildings in Asia and Africa. even supposing 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 supposing they paid ritual recognize to the League of countries and collective safeguard and accredited struggle in 1939 as worthwhile, they confirmed prepared curiosity in disarmament. whereas the ambivalence of this heart flooring had a few tragic results, equivalent to the disability of the Canadian Protestant management to foyer forcefully on behalf of both ecu Jewish refugees within the Thirties or eastern- 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 contributed to shaping the foreign function of the Christian neighborhood and their eventual attractiveness 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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Communist movements had appeared not only in western Europe and the United States; less than a month after the armistice anonymous pamphlets advising people to "arise and seize what is rightfully yours" were discovered to be circulating in Toronto. "19 It was even said in early 1919 that Trotsky himself had 42 A World Mission toured mining camps in northern Ontario disguised as a railroad worker. W. 21 Reacting to the Red Scare, the Canadian government outlawed radical labour organizations, socialist parties, and newspapers in 1918.

In Protestant circles throughout the English-speaking West, advocacy of the League of Nations was a ritual which few dared to reject. Canadian churchmen felt this pressure, too. League advocates in the churches were themselves aware that apathy and doubt about the efficacy of the organization was widespread in Canada and especially within the Protestant community. Local congregations and readers of the Protestant papers were admonished repeatedly for their lack of enthusiasm; national councils and regional conventions regularly spoke to the issue of Canadians' indifference to the league.

The former bespoke resignation and the latter naivety, and neither seemed to provide Christians with an agenda for their daily lives. Virtually all Protestant church leaders in Canada agreed that the destiny of the postwar world was consigned by God to fallible men and women. They also agreed that the application of these principles in the lives of men and nations was essentially a pragmatic matter that required enlightened leadership, particularly from the Christian church. "94 It is apparent as well that internationalism was for most Canadian churchmen less a concrete objective, as in, for example, a league of nations, than an evolutionary process.

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