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Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950
     

Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950

by William Katerberg
 

He describes the life and work of five leaders in the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States who came of age in the late nineteenth century and served their religious communities until the mid-twentieth century. As clergy and educators they hoped to root the faith of modern Anglicans/Episcopalians in past traditions to provide a

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He describes the life and work of five leaders in the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States who came of age in the late nineteenth century and served their religious communities until the mid-twentieth century. As clergy and educators they hoped to root the faith of modern Anglicans/Episcopalians in past traditions to provide a compelling spiritual purpose and identity for the present and the future. Their attempts to articulate a historical basis for Anglican unity and Christian ecumenism often had contradictory and even sectarian results. Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950 offers historians and scholars of religion and culture in North America a comparative perspective and a new way to understand how a previous generation looked to the past to address the dilemmas of an uncertain present and future.

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"A very important book in North American religious history. The fact that Katerberg has taken up a church in which the composition of religious materials was quite different makes an important contribution to the scholarly literature. He addresses these issues within a cultural framework that purposely avoids the many pitfalls of the secularization thesis. Indeed, his critique of the secularization model is one of the strongest theoretical features of this book." William Westfall, Department of History, York University
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Katerberg (history, Calvin College, Michigan) describes the life and work of five leaders of the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the U.S. from the late-19th to the mid-20th century. He explores the ways in which these leaders used a shared religious language and theology to create a cultural framework offering a clear identity and purpose for the members of their communities. Coverage includes the relationship between evangelicalism, liberalism, and anglo-catholicism; the impact of modernity on Anglican traditions of spirituality; a comparison of Canadian and U.S. perspectives; and a critique of the secularization model in favor of a view of religion within the realms of modernity and competing cultural identities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773521605
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
04/23/2001
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.06(d)

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