Serving the Present Age: Revitalism, Progressivism, and the Methodist Tradition in Canada

Citation: 
Airhart, Phyllis D. Serving the Present Age: Revitalism, Progressivism, and the Methodist Tradition in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992.
Abstract: 

In her book, "Serving the Present Age," Phyllis D. Airhart examines the first major transition in Canadian Methodist religious culture. Airhart addresses the revivalism in the nineteenth century that spurred rapid growth of Methodism in Canada wherein it was the largest Protestant denomination in the country. She then addresses John Wesley’s perfectionist ideals that he brought to the changing world and concludes that the Methodist church, at that time, underwent a pivotal transition. Airhart then considers the key role that Methodism played in the collapse of the nineteenth-century evangelical consensus and discusses the way in which the changes in Methodism decisively shaped twentieth-century mainstream Protestantism in Canada. In her book, Airhart portrays the tensions between tradition and innovation through stories of the men and women who struggled to revitalize religion in an age when conventional social assumptions and institutions were being challenged by the ideals of the progressive movement.

Host Organization : 
Emmanuel College of Victoria Univeristy
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