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Religion Religion, Politics & State

Rethinking Church, State, and Modernity

Canada Between Europe and the USA

edited by David A. Lyon & Marguerite Van Die

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Oct 2000
Category
Religion, Politics & State, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802082138
    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
    List Price
    $43.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802044082
    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
    List Price
    $83.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442679306
    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
    List Price
    $91.00

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Ambitious in scope, Rethinking Church, State, and Modernity considers some central concepts in the sociology and history of religion and, simultaneously, how Canada's religious experience is distinctive in the modern world. The contributors to this volume challenge the institutional approach that stresses a strict division between "church" and "state", which seems inappropriate in late-modern and post-modern scenarios. Rather, the authors favour an interpretation that is marked more by fluidity than fixity.

Canada, which stands somewher between the largely secularised Europe and the relatively religious United States, is well situated as a testing ground for the leading conceptions of the fate of religion in modern and postmodern societies. The book focuses mainly on Christianity, looking at what is distinctive about Canadian situations, and discusses the concomitant decline of some religious groups and the ongoing vitality of others in an increasingly multi-faith and globalized society. The emergence of constitutional rights and identity politics have both contributed to the transforming relationship between church and state and the contributors to this volume pay special attention to the political and social attitudes of religious groups and to the consequences of these attitudes. Subjects covered include: the role of God in the Canadian Constitution; anglophone religious responses to the referendum crisis of 1995; evangelical subcultures in Canada and the United States; and specifically postmodern topics such as the body and consumerism.

About the authors

David Lyon is a member of the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University.

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Marguerite Van Die is a member of the history department and head of Theological Studies, Queen's Theological College.

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Other titles by Marguerite Van Die