The religions of Canadians /
edited by Jamie S. Scott.
North York, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
xxvii, 468 p. : ill., port. ; 23 cm.
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North York, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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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Appeared in Choice on 2012-11-01:
This book surveys the development and current practice of Canadian religions. Canada's growing religious diversity, fueled by immigration, finds support in legislation such as the Canadian Multiculturalism Act (1988) and similar declarations aimed at achieving equality in Canadian society. By far the largest religion is Christianity (74 percent). This study explores diversity within Catholicism and Protestantism and offers chapters on aboriginal religion and new religious movements. However, the book devotes most of its attention to six well-known world religious groups: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Baha'is. These groups represent less than 5 percent of the population but are among those responsible for the most visible expressions of religious diversity in the country. The format for each chapter includes a description of the essentials of the religion, a section explaining how the Canadian context has modified the religion, and a third section describing examples of current practices of the tradition. Each chapter includes a glossary, time line, bibliography, and set of questions for reflection. Contributors are sympathetic specialists who provide insightful analyses based on current scholarship and recent (2001) census data. The Religions of Canadians is a superb lens for understanding religious diversity as an integral component of current Canadian society. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. W. L. Pitts Jr. Baylor University
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Canadians usually think of their religious culture as an extension of that of the United States. In fact, it has developed quite differently with several distinctive emphases. Scott's The Religions of Canadians has finally broken through to give us a rich and vigourous picture of this religious life. Stressing the concept of religious community, the book is less concerned with dogma and more with structures of living and working together. Benefiting from some of the leading scholars in Canadian religion, this book gives us genuine insights into the way our deeper lives have been configured, why they have taken this form, and how Canadian culture can be considered distinctive. And it is a fine book both for the casual reader and for the student.
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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.
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Taking a historical approach that starts with Canadian Indigenous religions, The Religions of Canadiansintroduces traditions, histories, and practices of ten religious groups, some mainstream, some less familiar, and examines the adaptive traits of these groups within specific immigrant communities. The book begins with a wide ranging introduction to the multicultural social and political context of Canadian religious faith and practice and concludes with a discussion of new religious movements and future trends. Each chapter is written by an expert on the religion. The chapters are all divided into five sections: introduction, traditions, arrival and transformations in Canada, contemporary practice, and postscript. Chapters conclude with a list of key terms and dates, related websites, a bibliography of key readings, and key questions for reflection. The book's approach introduces readers to the religions of the world while also building an overall picture of the diversity of Canada's multicultural society.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction Religions and the Making of Canadap. xi
Aboriginalsp. 1
Catholic Christiansp. 33
Protestant Christiansp. 75
Jewsp. 131
Muslimsp. 167
Hindusp. 219
Buddhistsp. 261
Sikhsp. 307
BaháÆsp. 351
Afterword New Religious Movements and the Religions of Canadians Going Forwardp. 387
2001 Census Tables: -Selected Religionsp. 407
2001 Census Tables: Selected Religions by Immigrant Status and Immigration Periodp. 423
Contributorsp. 439
Indexp. 441
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