By Phyllis D. Airhart
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Extra resources for A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada
Little did they know that their notions of mutual assimilation would someday look as quixotic in hindsight as the seemingly arcane theological quarrels that had once divided them. But non-concurring Presbyterians vehemently dismissed the call for a united church. They argued that the idea of a national church was flawed and that church union would divide both the nation of Canada and its churches. And thus was the stage set for controversy. indb 29 2013-10-31 14:12:58 2 Controversy and the Construction of Identity The Vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision’s greatest enemy.
109 The Methodists, too, owed their distinctive features to a different time and place. Their rise was the most significant institutional expression of the evangelical revivals that swept across the British Isles and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Industrial Revolution, with its large-scale social and economic changes, was accompanied by dramatic increases in population not only in London but also in Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and other new centres of industry.
For there is a danger and it is national! Either we must educate and elevate the incoming multitudes or they will drag us and our children down to a lower level. ”44 Sparling’s apprehension was broadly felt, even among Protestants who rejected church union as the most effective way of meeting the challenge of immigration. Speaking to the Presbyterian Pre-Assembly Congress in 1913, Rev. D. indb 12 2013-10-31 14:12:57 “Friendly Service” to the Nation 13 diseased, oppressed, draining charitable resources when unemployed and undercutting wages when employed, carrying unhelpful political baggage such as atheistic socialist ideas, and disproportionately tending toward crime, insanity, and pauperism.