Founding Moment

Founding Moment: Church, Society, and the Construction of Trinity College

William Westfall
Copyright Date: 2002
Pages: 200
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt80fqg
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    Founding Moment
    Book Description:

    He explores the motives, goals, and social and religious ideas that were behind the creation of this important institution of higher education, explaining the reasons Trinity was founded, the role it played in Canadian society, and the way its founding doctrines were transformed into a functioning college. He also challenges the social and educational views of the founders, giving voice to those who did not share the founders' vision and criticized the course the college was determined to pursue. These dissenting voices help us understand the problems the new college faced and the steps a new generation of leadership would take to point the college in a new direction, and define a very different relationship with the modern world.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-7066-5
    Subjects: Education

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface and Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-2)
  4. 1 The Grand Procession
    (pp. 3-32)

    On Wednesday 30 April 1851, an elaborate procession assembled in front of the Church of St George the Martyr, West Toronto. Led by the gentlemen beadles, it moved south along John Street to Queen, where it turned to the west and continued for about a mile to an open field beside an “elmy dale.” Here this grand cavalcade of Anglicans was to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone of Trinity College. The whole spectacle, we are told, was “gay and animating in the extreme.”¹ Near the head of the procession were the pupils of St Paul’s Church Grammar School, accompanied...

  5. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  6. 2 A University Worthy of the Name
    (pp. 33-69)

    The demise of King’s College on the first day of January 1850 was a watershed in the history of the Anglican Church in Canada. Up to this point the church in the Diocese of Toronto had been driven by the single dominant ambition of securing what it saw as its rightful place as the colonial religious establishment. Working on a number of fronts the church set out to acquire the clergy, create the social and religious institutions, and procure the financial resources that would allow it to join with the state in raising up a hierarchical society founded on the...

  7. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  8. 3 The Great Christian Household
    (pp. 70-98)

    Even before Trinity College opened its doors Bishop Strachan had already clothed this child of his later years in the language of domesticity, drawing an analogy between the college and a family to explain the true character of this nascent institution. When he wrote to the Trinity committee in London, he declared that the entire institution was to be organized “on the principle of the whole constituting one large family.”¹ Provost Whitaker was then able to turn the same metaphor to his own advantage and assume effective mastery over the domestic life of the institution. If the college was a...

  9. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  10. Epilogue: Refounding Trinity College
    (pp. 99-110)

    John Strachan,fundator noster,died on All Saints Day 1867, in the ninetieth year of life, the sixty-fifth year of his ministry, and the twenty-ninth year of his episcopate.¹ In many ways Alexander Neil Bethune and George Whitaker, the other two men who had played such prominent roles in the founding and early history of the college, continued to live in the founder’s shadow. Strachan regarded both men as his sons, and they expressed their filial devotion by protecting and nurturing the college he left to their care without wavering from the principles on which it had been founded. Bethune...

  11. Notes
    (pp. 111-152)
  12. Illustration Credits
    (pp. 153-154)
  13. Index
    (pp. 155-160)