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By Phyllis D. Airhart

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet used to be this Canadian-made church mistaken in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a state explores this query via weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural change.

The tale starts within the aftermath of Confederation, whilst the clients of establishing a Christian country persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational alterations and concentration as a substitute on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart lines the recent church's fight to save lots of its acceptance in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to hitch what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of monetary melancholy and conflict, the way forward for the church appeared brilliant. however the ties among own religion and civic lifestyles that the founders took with no consideration have been quickly tattered via the secular cultural typhoon sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the belief that making a Christian social order in Canada used to be not likely - even perhaps bad - in a pluralistic world.

A Church with the Soul of a kingdom sheds gentle at the United Church's prior controversies and current dilemmas via displaying how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and intricate its model to the recent global taking shape.

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