By Catherine Gidney
On the flip of the century Protestantism permeated the cultural textile of English-Canadian society. by means of 1970, in spite of the fact that, universities have been essentially 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 college campuses from 1920 to 1970, Catherine Gidney furthers the controversy over the character and strategy of secularization in English Canada.
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He quickly left town after the story broke, leaving numerous debts behind him. 89 During the 1930s administrators at the University of Toronto and Victoria College faced a number of difficulties with their more radical professors, who were seen as subversive of the cultural Christianity of the times. These cases have been documented by Michiel Horn in tracing the history of academic freedom, but they also provide important illustrations of Canadians’ assumptions concerning the university as a Christian institution.
But they, and others, were also increasingly concerned that with technological progress, academics and Canadians more generally would lose sight of greater moral goals. ”53 Or as Lord Tweedsmuir put it at a McMaster convocation, technological progress was a “triumph of the human mind,” but it also had the danger of dominating humans. ”54 Such concerns accompanied the increasing role that science, especially applied science, was coming to play within the university. For many presidents the modernization of the university made even more imperative a moral basis for the institution.
What this role entailed was often more assumed than clearly spelled out. However, a number of incidents in which professors’ statements or behaviour raised public controversy indicate the sort of general expectations held by administrators, church leaders, and the public at large concerning both statements by faculty members within the classroom and their behaviour and public pronouncements outside the walls of academe. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries several controversial cases arose at denominational colleges as professors in faculties of theology began to incorporate higher criticism into their thinking.