Champions of the Truth

Champions of the Truth: Fundamentalism, Modernism, and the Maritime Baptists

Copyright Date: 1990
Pages: 136
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    Champions of the Truth
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    Rawlyk argues that in the early part of this century the Maritime Baptist mainstream was far more accommodating and open-minded than Baptists in central Canada and the West. He shows that during the fundamentalist-modernist controversies of the 1920s and 1930s the vast majority of Maritime Baptists rejected the closed-minded Central- Canadian Fundamentalism of T.T. Shields. Instead they stressed what Barry Moody has referred to as the prevailing "Breadth of Vision" and "Breadth of Mind" of the nineteenth-century Maritime Baptist tradition. The Maritime Baptist mainstream emerges in Champions of the Truth not only as surprisingly progressive but as a force which, Rawlyk believes, helped significantly to shape certain key features of Maritime life between the wars.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-6248-6
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Foreword
    (pp. xi-2)
    Larry McCann

    Champions of the Truth: Fundamentalism, Modernism, and the Maritime Baptistsis a remarkable volume. It is by no means a comprehensive statement of the subject (and Professor Rawlyk would be the first to admit to its incompleteness). There are a number of pithy, challenging, but unsubstantiated claims that consequently infuriate (but which are nonetheless probably quite accurate). One might also wish to know more about the experience of other religious groups as they came to grips with the modernists and their theology. These minor annoyances aside, the essays are remarkable because they draw our attention to a neglected area of...

  5. 1 Revivalism and the Maritime Religious Experience
    (pp. 3-38)

    Religious conversions have, in the past, actually occurred; peoples’ lives have been profoundly and permanently changed - sometimes gradually and sometimes suddenly and traumatically. Conversions still take place, as do religious revivals - spiritual awakenings involving often large numbers of men, women, and children. In fact, since the 1770s, tens of thousands of Maritimers have been deeply affected by the religious revivals which, like epidemics, have swept through entire communities, sometimes entire regions, and once or twice entire provinces. Yet, despite the frequency and intensity of some of the revivals that have occurred over a two hundred year period, and...

  6. 2 Fundamentalism, Modernism, and the Maritime Baptists in the 1920s and 1930s
    (pp. 39-75)

    Some English-Canadian historians find it embarrassingly difficult to take religion seriously. As they comb the past for relevance and what recently have been called the collectiveHabits of the Heart,¹ they are keen to avoid any confrontation with spiritual and religious realities. Perhaps they are uncomfortable thinking about such issues. Perhaps, because of the older Whig political bias of so much Canadian historical writing and the newer bias of secular social history, they are determined to float in the mainstream of historiography and not be lost in some shallow cul-de-sac. This of course may be regarded, with some justification, as...

  7. 3 In Search of T.T. Shields’ Impact on the Maritime Baptists in the 1920s and 1930s
    (pp. 76-102)

    Thomas Todhunter Shields was, without question, one of the two or three most influential Protestant leaders in Canada in the first half of the twentieth century. More than this, Shields was, as the key American liberal Protestant periodical theChristian Centuryof 29 May 1929 accurately put it, “unquestionably the dominant personality” amongallNorth American fundamentalists. T.T. Shields was either loved or hated, respected or detested, considered as a true “disciple of Christ” or as a “minion of Antichrist.” There appeared to be no middle-ground reaction to him among those who knew the extraordinarily gifted Baptist preacher and polemicist....

  8. Notes
    (pp. 103-114)
  9. Index
    (pp. 115-117)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 118-118)