By Catherine Gidney
On the flip of the century Protestantism permeated the cultural cloth of English-Canadian society. through 1970, even if, universities have been basically secular. used to be this variation the results of the altering nature of Protestantism on the flip of the century or forces exterior to it? via analyzing the position Protestantism performed on collage campuses from 1920 to 1970, Catherine Gidney furthers the controversy over the character and means of secularization in English Canada.
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It involved the concept of usefulness, not narrowly in terms of vocation or technical knowledge, but in the greater enterprise of service. book Page 14 Tuesday, August 3, 2004 10:16 AM 14 A Long Eclipse “Great Examiner will be best satisfied with those pupils who enter manhood and womanhood listening for the call to service and duty, whose minds are undefiled and ‘whose morning faces are turned towards the light’ … The moral control of the individual leads to the moral control of the state. ”79 The enterprise of administrators during the interwar years has been nicely captured by a historian of Dalhousie University, Henry Roper.
E. P. H. 104 Indeed, many faculty were in fact committed to administrators’ views of the university as a moral community. Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau have noted the close association and common interests of leaders within the Protestant churches and the universities on issues of social service. J. A. A. E. 105 Similarly, as we have seen, by the early twentieth century, English literature had become the central means of transmitting cultural ideals, and English scholars contributed to maintaining moral purpose.
11 The ideals of character formation and of the elevating influences of Western culture embodied within the settlement house movement were central to the aims of many university educators. In particular, they were seen to have their place within the arts college. It was, after all, through subjects such as history, philosophy, and English that students could be inspired and trained to their Christian duty. 12 While liberal Protestantism, Western literature, and new movements within philosophy provided the intellectual underpinnings for the vision of a moral community, university educators believed the arts college would be its institutional base.