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Targeting the concept of Canada's significant scientists, philosophers, and clerics - males equivalent to William Dawson and Daniel Wilson, John Watson and W.D. LeSeur, G.M. provide and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts off via reconstructing the relevant strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy regular in Anglo-Canadian faculties at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those comprise Scottish logic philosophy and the usual theology of William Paley. The harmful influence of evolutionary principles on that orthodoxy and the most important exponents of the hot different types of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. by means of the 20th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian notion have been reworked via what had turn into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this positive highbrow stream, British idealism, used to be mammoth. It helped to wreck Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical middle of the social gospel circulate, and represent an enormous strength in the back of the production of the United Church of Canada. during the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20th, although, the ethical principal in Anglo-Canadian suggestion remained a continuing presence.

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Theirs was a moral imagination, their concern for preserving cultural tradition a moral imperative that has long been central to the AngloCanadian frame of mind. These and other such statements represent particular manifestations of what the Canadian literary critic and theorist Northrop Frye would call the Anglo-Canadian "myth of concern," an element of immense significance in the formation and continuity of the social mythology of English-speaking Canada in the nineteenth century. "6 The function of the myth of concern is to establish within a society the commonality of purpose that alone can give that society unity; as such, it is 4 Chapter One what Frye calls a "closed myth/' intolerant of dissent and anxious for continuity: The myth of concern exists to hold society together, so far as words can help to do this.

Within the churches, quarrels continued—at synod meetings, in church newspapers, and in numerous pamphlets. Anglicans in the colonies divided, with the rise of the Tractarian movement in England, between High and Low churchmen. Presbyterians split 10 Chapter One during the 1840s into Kirk and Free Kirk adherents. A rift developed between the British Wesleyan Methodists and the more democratic American branch. Baptists divided on the questions of exclusivism, the nature of the communion, and on free will.

The number and the successive editions of such works amply attest to the enquiring but unsettled state of the public mind. One cannot mingle much in society without finding that a large proportion of the well educated classes are conversant with the questions which arise from the apparent conflict of faith and reason, and the difficulties started by the progress of science. 17 As Primarius Professor of Theology, Principal Leitch believed that the major way he could help to combat the dangers inherent in such unbridled speculation was to keep his theology students aware not only of "the various forms .

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