The Social Uplifters: Presbyterian Progressives and the Social Gospel in Canada 1875-1915

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Jul 8, 1988 - Religion - 212 pages
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The Social Uplifters examines the Social Gospel among Canadian Presbyterians prior to the First World War. The book explores the theology, social context, and the strategies of the leaders of the Presbyterian Board of Evangelism and Social Service (C.W. Gordon, James A. Macdonald, Robert Falconer, T.B. Kilpatrick, George Pidgeon, and John G. Shearer). Brian Fraser describes how these men used popular fiction, the secular press, the university, the theological college, the pulpit, and political organization and lobbying to spread their ideas and ideals for a Christian civilization in Canada at the turn of the twentieth century and will be of interest to students and scholars alike.

 

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Contents

Scottish Evangelical Liberalism
1
Evangelical Liberalism
23
The Growth of a Canadian Denomination
49
The Presbyterian Critique of Canadian Society
77
Creating of a Christian Collective Conscience
99
Mobilizing a Christian Nation
127
The Ordeal of World War I
155
8 The Social Uplifters in Perspective
173
Selected Bibliography
181
Index
207
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Brian J. Fraser is a professor of Church History at the Vancouver School of Theology.

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