Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada / Edition 2

Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada / Edition 2

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Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada / Edition 2

Over the past decade, scholars and policy makers interested in Canadian multiculturalism have begun to take religion much more seriously. Moreover, Christian communities have become increasingly aware of the impact of ethnic diversity on church life. However, until very recently almost no systematic academic attention has been paid to the intersection between the ethnic and religious identities of individuals or communities. This gap in both our academic literature and our public discourse represents an obstacle to understanding and integrating the large numbers of "ethnic Christians," most of whom either join existing Canadian churches or create ethnically specific congregations.

In Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada, eleven scholars explore the complex relationships between religious and ethnic identity within the nine major Christian traditions in Canada. The contributors discuss the ways in which changes in the ethnic composition of these traditions influence religious practice and identity, as well as how the nine religious traditions influence communal and individual ethnic identities. An introductory chapter by Paul Bramadat and David Seljak provides a thorough discussion of the theoretical, historical, and empirical issues involved in the study of Christianity and ethnicity in Canada. This volume complements Religion and Ethnicity in Canada in which the authors address similar issues within the six major non-Christian communities in Canada, and within Canadian health care, education, and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802095848
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 06/14/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul Bramadat is a professor and director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. His previous works include Religious Radicalization in Canada and Beyond and Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada both published by University of Toronto Press.

David Seljak is an associate professor at St. Jerome's University and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Charting the New Terrain: Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada   Paul Bramadat   David Seljak     3
Roman Catholics (Anglophone and Allophone)   Mark G. Mcgowan     49
The Francophone Roman Catholic Church   Solange Lefebvre     101
Canadian Anglicanism and Ethnicity   Wendy Fletcher     138
Presbyterian and Reformed Christians and Ethnicity   Stuart Macdonald     168
The United Church of Canada: A Church Fittingly National   Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng     204
Outsiders Becoming Mainstream: The Theology, History, and Ethnicity of Being Lutheran in Canada   Bryan Hillis     247
Canada's Eastern Christians   Myroslaw Tataryn     287
The Poetics of Peoplehood: Ethnicity and Religion among Canada's Mennonites   Royden Loewen     330
Ethnicity and Evangelical Protestants in Canada   Bruce L. Guenther     365
Conclusion: The Discourse of Loss and the Future of Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada   Paul Bramadat   David Seljak     415
The Demographics of Christianity in Canada     437
Contributors     441

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