By John Little

Since colonization, Canadians and american citizens have considered non secular concerns in a different way. whereas this isn't outstanding given modern Canadians' reluctance to include U.S.-style social conservativism, the roots of the phenomenon are seldom tested. J.I. Little seeks to right this oversight with Borderland Religion.

Focusing at the cost interval of the japanese Townships quarter of Quebec, Little addresses the position performed via faith in forging a particular nationwide id for English-Canadians. whereas radical evangelical church buildings and sects constructed within the hill nation of recent England, they didn't achieve a robust foothold within the neighbouring jap Townships regardless of the vast majority of the inhabitants there being of yankee starting place. relatively, the British-based Church of britain and Wesleyan Methodist Society turned a lot the most important denominations during this border region.

Borderland Religion is successfully a borderlands examine in opposite. instead of studying the dynamics of touch among specified cultures in a typical geographical house, or center floor, it explores how a standard tradition turned differentiated on both sides of a global boundary line. within the technique, it additionally illuminates the woefully missed background of Protestantism in Quebec.

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Most of those identified as Other Methodists in the published census had simply been recorded as 'Methodists' in the manuscript census schedules. We can only surmise that many people attended the services of whichever Methodist preacher happened to be in their neighbourhood. If denominational identity had become more distinct since 1831, the finer gradations within the Methodist Church seem to have remained somewhat fuzzy. ' Yet, as noted above, the printed census again failed to distinguish between the two churches in 1852, presumably because there were few Freewill Baptists in Upper Canada.

Badger ensured that there would be no disturbance on the part of the congregation by going quietly with the others to the nearby tavern where the trial was to take place. 4 The next morning, after hostile witnesses had testified that the accused had 'opposed our brethren in bearing arms' and spoken 'diminutively of the British King,' they were bound over to appear before the court at Trois-Rivieres. When the nine men were given only half an hour to post bail, they refused to do so on principle, though a number of those in attendance offered to serve as guarantors.

2 The Pioneer Era The pioneer era of Eastern Townships history, with its slow population growth and hesitant institutional development, persisted until at least 1815. During these years of religious revivalism in New England, the Lower Canadian borderland was included in the circuits of various American Calvinist and evangelical churches, with the result that settlers saw circuit preachers only on an occasional basis. Even these visits were largely interrupted by the War of 1812, leaving the Eastern Townships largely dependent on unordained local preachers.

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