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‘A Coat of many Colours’: Viewed from Afar Stewart Gill (Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Australia) Some with a priest’s voice in their cage of ribs; but on high mountain-tops and in thunderstorms the chirping is not heard. Deferring to the beadle and censor; not ashamed for this, but given over to horseplay, the making of money. Irving Layton, ‘From Colony to Nation’ In 1985 I had an article published in The Bulletin of Canadian Studies, the jour- nal of the British Association for Canadian Studies, entitled ‘A Coat of Many Colours’ reviewing the state of Canadian religious historiography. Luca Codig- nola referred to this article in his review essay on Canadian Studies from a Eu- ropean perspective published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies in 1990.1 In the same volume Mark G. McGowan took the story forward in terms of the development of writing on Canadian religion in the period between 1980 and 1990 entitled ‘Coming Out of the Cloister’.2 Since then writing in this area has come a long way but some of the most observant scholars have been outside looking in at the Canadian scene. Comparative religious history has “come of age” as it looks at movements from a global perspective rather than re- stricted to any one particular nation. Religion after all, particularly in the Abra- hamic tradition has always been international in perspective and global in out- reach. Mission history which is the Church on the march has always been global. This paper will...
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