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Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century

An Introduction to its Character

by (author) John G. Stackhouse

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1993
Evangelism, General, History
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Canadians usually associate evangelical Protestantism with television evangelists and the new religious right in American politics. In this first portrait of Canadian evangelicalism in the twentieth century, John Stackhouse argues that Canadian is far from being either an echo of an American phenomenon or a residue of the British heritage, but instead is distinctly Canadian. He also points out the Canadian evangelicalism has been become a powerful force in contemporary Canadian religion.


Stackhouse disputes the church-sect typology of previous studies and also challenges the accepted wisdom that flamboyant preachers like the fundamentalist T.T. Shields and preacher-turned-politician William Aberhart represent evangelicalism in Canada. On the contrary, he says, the true character of the tradition is more accurately found in Bible schools like the internationally  known Prairie Bible Institute and the Ontario Bible College, seminaries such as Regent College and Ontario Theological Seminary, liberal arts institutions like Trinity Western University, student ministries such as the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and cooperative organizations typified by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.


This book complements current studies of Canadian evangelicalism in earlier periods and is informed by recent scholarship in Canadian, American, and British religion. It brings fresh insights to a field that is drawing increasing interest.

About the author

JOHN G. STACKHOUSE, JR. is an associate professor in the Department of Religion, University of Manitoba.

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Editorial Reviews

‘John Stackhouse’s fresh interpretation of modern Canadian evangelical Protestantism is especially welcome for its sprightly account of a religious tradition that is as neglected in Canadian scholarly literature as it is dynamic in many reaches of Canadian popular culture.’


Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College, author of A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada


‘….Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century gives us a multi-windowed view of the evangelical landscape in the 20th century. His careful examination reminds us that this Christian community cannot be reduced to simplistic analysis or definitions…As an evangelical, I view this book as critical both of our self-understanding and for those puzzled by our concerns, strategies and idiosyncrasies. (The introduction defining evangelicals is worth the price itself.) Scholarly, helpful, very readable and pivotal, this book augments our understanding of Canada’s evangelical community this century.’


Brian C. Stiller, Executive Director, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada


‘This pioneering study by John Stackhouse takes its place in the growing body of first-rate scholarship exploring Canada’s religious past. Thoroughly researched, elegantly written, and provocatively argued, ti is sure to stand as a seminal work on the evangelical experience…’


Harry S. Stout, Berkley College, Yale University

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