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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition

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Edited By 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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Teaching and Writing History at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1881–1944

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Teaching and Writing History at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1881–1944

NATHAN WOLFE

Wycliffe College was founded with the objective of training Anglican clergy. Most church colleges of the nineteenth century in Canada attempted to offer degrees in liberal arts as well as theology. Wycliffe College was one of only a few that decided from the beginning to only offer theological courses and actively sought to federate with a provincial university, in this case the University of Toronto, in order to obtain a liberal arts education for its students.1 This left Wycliffe College free to focus all of its resources on theological education.

This essay will endeavour to assess the quality of the liberal arts education provided to Wycliffe College students from the founding of the college to the middle of the twentieth century by examining the study and writing of history. Beyond the question of liberal arts education, the study and writing of history in the early days of Wycliffe College is interesting and complicated. First, the study of history in Canada was in the early stages of professionalization during this period.2 Second, the study of history easily, but at times uncomfortably, straddled the worlds of theological education (through ‘ecclesiastical history’) and liberal arts education (through general history). Finally, all of this is tied together through the career of George M. Wrong who was a professor of ecclesiastical history and examiner at Wycliffe from 1883–1892 and again from 1906...

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