An Evangelical Mind

An Evangelical Mind

Nathanael Burwash and the Methodist Tradition in Canada, 1839-1918

eBook - 1989
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McGill Queens Univ Pr
By discussing the nature and practices of late nineteenth-century Methodism, Van Die focuses attention on the theological assumptions which allowed serious young Methodists to accept the critical thought of the period while retaining the basic tenets of their evangelical religion. She emphasizes that the position taken by Burwash and his students allowed religion to remain a vital component of early twentieth-century Canadian society during a time historians have generally viewed as an era of religious decline.

Through an in-depth study of the thought and intellectual formation of Nathanael Burwash (1839-1918), a little-known but highly influential Canadian educator and Methodist theologian, Marguerite Van Die presents a picture of one of the most unsettling periods in the Christian church. During Burwash's life, Canadian Methodist thought and education had to deal with the impact of biblical criticism, idealist thought, and the evolutionary theory of Darwin. Burwash saw himself as following in the footsteps of an earlier generation of Methodists, led by Edgar Ryerson. This vision was reflected in his views on childhood nurture and moral nationalism and his support of university federation in Ontario.

By discussing the nature and practices of late nineteenth-century Methodism, Van Die focuses attention on the theological assumptions which allowed serious young Methodists to accept the critical thought of the period while retaining the basic tenets of their evangelical religion. She emphasizes that the position taken by Burwash and his students allowed religion to remain a vital component of early twentieth-century Canadian society during a time historians have generally viewed as an era of religious decline.
Through an in-depth study of the thought and intellectual formation of Nathanael Burwash (1839-1918), a little-known but highly influential Canadian educator and Methodist theologian, Marguerite Van Die presents a picture of one of the most unsettling periods in the Christian church. During Burwash's life, Canadian Methodist thought and education had to deal with the impact of biblical criticism, idealist thought, and the evolutionary theory of Darwin. Burwash saw himself as following in the footsteps of an earlier generation of Methodists, led by Edgar Ryerson. This vision was reflected in his views on childhood nurture and moral nationalism and his support of university federation in Ontario.

Publisher: Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989
ISBN: 9780773561977
0773561978
9780773506954
0773506950
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 280 pages) : illustrations

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