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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition

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Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power

A reassessment of the precedents, course, and legacy of the Reformation has occurred in the present generation of academic writing. This collection of essays brings together research by established and new scholars on themes of the Reformation with a particular focus on its antecedents and legacies in the Anglican tradition. Utilizing a diversity of topics, approaches, and methods, this book adds measurably to our knowledge of the place of the Reformation in Britain and Ireland as well as its European, North American, and African particularities.
Exploring a variety of themes, this collection examines the Reformation in relation to key aspects of church organization, belief, sacrament, conversion, relationships with other denominations, theological education, church and state, worship, and issues of resilience and decline. While these themes are pursued broadly, there is a particular focus on the context of the Anglican tradition in terms of Reformation preoccupations and concerns. This collection’s thematic content, chronological span, and geographical range will also challenge accepted views, deepen understanding, and highlight new areas of enquiry, bringing new research and insights to bear on established observations.
Academics will find this book of particular interest for courses on the Reformation, Early Modern Europe, and the history of Christianity.
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Pioneer Irish Clergy in Upper Canada

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ALAN ACHESON

Irish immigration to Canada in the half century 1830–80, when acknowledged at all, has been misrepresented in point of both its scale and character. The Irish in Canada: the Untold Story addressed these deficiencies in its wide-ranging two volumes.1 Two contributors to that work, D. H. Akenson and Bruce Elliott have in their many publications exposed the myths uncritically imported from the Irish immigrant experience in the United States and evolved a factual analysis of Irish settlement in Canada. Both have shown that, with reference to the American myth of the urbanized Irish, both Catholic and Protestant Irish were predominantly a rural people whose pioneer work reduced a wilderness to cultivation. Akenson has established from the 1871 census both that the Irish were the largest ethnic component in Upper Canada at Confederation in 1867, and also that the ratio of 2:1, Protestant to Catholic, obtained among Irish immigrants both before and after the Great Famine.2 Elliott has shown that early nineteenth-century immigration from south-east Ireland produced a heavy concentration of Irish in eastern Upper Canada, achieved largely through chain migration. Among the pioneers were Irish clergy, seen by Akenson as a large and influential group, their presence all the more valuable in that Bishop William Bond of Montreal, a Cornishman, averred that the English were useless as pioneers in the Canadas.3 As it was, the Irish in 1871 numbered over forty per cent of the Church of England population in the new...

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