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Social Science Sociology Of Religion

The Religions of Canadians

edited by Jamie S. Scott

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
Sociology of Religion, History, Comparative Religion, Religion, Politics & State
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The Religions of Canadians is a book about religions and the making of Canada. Drawing on the expert knowledge and personal insights of scholars in history, the social sciences, and the phenomenology of religion, separate chapters introduce the beliefs and practices of nine religious traditions, some mainstream, some less familiar.

The opening chapter explores how Aboriginal Canadian traditions continue to thrive after centuries of oppression. Subsequent chapters follow in the footsteps of Catholic and Protestant Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Baha'is as they have made their way to Canada, and reveal how different immigrant communities have adapted their rich religious heritages to a new life in a new land. Each chapter is divided into five sections: an introduction; a succinct overview of the tradition; its passage to and transformation in Canada; a close study of contemporary Canadian communities; and an afterword suggesting possibilities for future research. Chapters conclude with a list of important terms and dates, related websites, a concise bibliography of further readings, and key questions for reflection.

The Religions of Canadians is a timely and unique contribution to the field, introducing readers to the religions of the world while simultaneously building an overall picture of the development of Canada's multicultural, pluralist society.

About the author

Jamie S. Scott is Director of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University.

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Editorial Reviews

The Religions of Canadians is a superb lens for understanding religious diversity as an integral component of current Canadian society.


While the intent is to educate all Canadians about current religious verities, Ontarians, and Torontonians in particular, should welcome this comprehensive and insightful commentary on trends and implications in their particular social realms.

<em>Ontario History</em>

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