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  Religion in Canada: Its Development and Contemporary Situation by Roger O'Toole for the American Religious Experience
Canada is a vast and physically diverse country but its small population of 29 million clusters in the shadow of that "longest undefended border in the world" which separates it from the approximately 260 million inhabitants of the United States.
The nineteenth-century "churching of Canada" differed significantly from the corresponding process witnessed in the United States (Finke and Stark, 1992) and, as a consequence, the anatomy of contemporary Canadian religion bears less resemblance to its American correlative than might initially or superficially be supposed.
The "new religions" which are of growing significance are those "Eastern non-Christian" faiths (mainly Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism) which have expanded greatly during the last two decades as a result of the growth in non-western immigration to Canada.
are.as.wvu.edu /o'toole.html   (7547 words)

 Religion in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Non-Christian religions in Canada are more concentrated in metropolitan cites such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and to a much lesser extent in mid-sized cities such as Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax.
Canada is a Commonwealth realm in which the head of state is shared with 15 other countries, including the United Kingdom.
The largest groups are found in Western Canada, particularly in rural Alberta, southern Manitoba and the southern interior and Fraser Valley region of British Columbia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religion_in_Canada   (1986 words)

 Buddhist Channel | Canada | Buddhism - fastest growing religion in Canada
Canada is the largest country in North America and the second largest country in the world.
Canada is a land of many cultures and many religions.
Buddhist monks living in Canada must pay attention not only to their own community, but must be prepared to minister the religious needs of other nationalities as well.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=2,34,0,0,1,0   (1103 words)

 Religion in Canada (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Canada has a wide mix of religions, but it has no official religion, and support for religious pluralism is an important part of Canada's political culture.
Non-Christian religions in Canada are more concentrated in metropolitan cites such as Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
The largest groups are found in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta, southern Manitoba and the southern interior and Fraser Valley region of British Columbia.
religion-in-canada.iqnaut.net.cob-web.org:8888   (1675 words)

 Religion in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Canada is a multi-cultural country, and so it's no surprise that there are a wide variety of religions practiced in Canada as well.
Although Canada began as a Christian country and Christianity continues to dominate, there is a wide spectrum of spiritual beliefs that cover all corners of the country.
Following is a brief description of the major religions in Canada and in the case of Christianity, some of the major denominations.
www.trailcanada.com /canada/religion.asp   (112 words)

 Canada - Freedom of Religion
State action which discriminates on the basis of religion cannot be excused on the grounds that religion is a choice and that the individuals may choose to avoid the negative impact which arises from the state's response to their religious identity.
The religion of the parties, however, may be relevant as one of the circumstances to be assessed in the determination of the best interests of the child.
Where religion becomes a source of conflict between the parents or is the very cause of the marriage breakdown, it is generally not in the best interests of the child and may in some circumstances be very detrimental for the child to be drawn into the controversy over religious matters.
www.witchvox.com /white/wcanadianfreedom.html   (4030 words)

 Religion in Canada (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant denomination accounting for 9.7% of total respondents, with the Anglican Church of Canada only somewhat smaller with 6.9%.
Canada remains a country in which the British Monarch is head of state.
Within Canada, the Queen is also given the titles "By the Grace of God" and "Defender of the Faith." While Canada has only a few marginal relics of its commitment to Christianity, it more overtly recognizes the existence of a god.
religion-in-canada.kiwiki.homeip.net.cob-web.org:8888   (1667 words)

 Tips on covering religion in Canada
Canada is primarily a Catholic nation; the U.S. is primarily an evangelical nation.
The religion beat is so vast and complex that none of us can understand all of it, but it's important to know such basics as the difference between a priest and a minister, or Reform and Orthodox Jews, or Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Religion stories often provoke the most heated of all debates in our letters to the editor pages; they also prompt some of the most vicious hate mail, and probably some of the most ecstatic letters of praise as well.
www.geocities.com /faithmedia/resources/canada.html   (1498 words)

 Religion and Nature Writing in Canada
Less common, but equally explicit, was the religion of nature writing that set forth a human realm corrupted by human sin contrasted with an unfallen and benevolent world of nature.
The religion of nature is subordinated to a Christian worldview, or understood generally within the context of western monotheism.
As religion in Canada has moved away from an older understanding of divine transcendence that places the locus of the sacred beyond the world, so Canadian literature has found within the immanent dimensions of nature a more proximate source of meaning.
post.queensu.ca /~jameswc/Design/NatWrtgJan7.htm   (1577 words)

 Direction: Civil Religion in Canada
By civil religion I mean the fusion of popular, generalized religious ideas and practices with a state’s political norms and structures.
To begin with, Canada’s Queen serves, among other things, as Defender of the Faith and as titular head of the Church of England and thus of all Anglicans in Canada and elsewhere.
Without suggesting that Canada has evolved as a society of losers, it must be remembered that the major waves of immigrants knew the taste of abandonment, frustration, and defeat and therefore were understandably disinclined to view their new homeland as God’s special reward or opportunity.
www.directionjournal.org /article/?194   (2136 words)

 Theology Today - Vol 24, No. 3 - October 1967 - ARTICLE - Religion In Canada: A Study In Polarities
Religion in Canada must be approached in terms of the foregoing analysis.
Religion as an academic subject is burgeoning in Canada, and theological education has not yet taken account of it.
If Canada has a distinctive place in the sun because of its peculiar heritage, it will be as peacemaker, prophet of "convergence"-that harmony of opposites destined to be Canada's cross and crown.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /oct1967/v24-3-article3.htm   (3825 words)

 Canada's Religions Sociology of Religion - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Professor Choquette has produced a historical narrative, which by proclaiming beyond any doubt the indispensable role of religion in Canada's evolution, lucidly identifies and vividly describes one of the prime sources of that distinctiveness which Lipset discerned.
Beginning with an anthropologically informed overview of the spiritual world of Canada's Amerindians and a brief account of European religion until the seventeenth-century, this book's early chapters describe their momentous encounter, especially with respect to the well-intentioned but frequently disastrous missionary activities of both French Catholics and British Protestants among the native population.
The remaining chapters on immigration, alternative religiosity and religion's future are comprised of brief sketches of the contemporary presence of various world religions and new religious movements in Canada.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0SOR/is_2_66/ai_n14817992   (672 words)

 Coming out: Religion in Canada - Alternate History Discussion Board
FOR most of its early history Canada was riven by religious conflict, with the English-speaking Protestant majority battling the mainly French-speaking Catholics.
Religion was gradually excluded from public discourse by a combination of political compromise, Western secularism and the need to make immigrants feel welcome.
Religion is now back on centre stage as Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister, prepares to make good on a campaign promise to revisit the legalisation of same-sex marriage and hold a free vote on it in the House of Commons.
www.alternatehistory.com /discussion/showthread.php?p=753973   (1006 words)

 Religion in Canada: Other topics (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Results from the 41 countries sampled showed that the percentage of the public who consider religion important ranged from 97% in Senegal to 11% in both France and the Czech Republic.
However the full picture of the decline is only evident when the rise in the total population of Canada is factored in.
StatsCan provides a chart of the total population of Canada over time at: http://www40.statcan.ca.cob-web.org:8888/ This is probably a temporary listing, because StatsCan seems to delete, add, and replace charts and text frequently, while changing their URL.
www.religioustolerance.org.cob-web.org:8888 /can_rel3.htm   (999 words)

 Freedom of Religion in Canada
Some Canadian case precedents and legal arguments on freedom of religion in schools and in child custody cases.
Organized religion was not important to appellant although she wanted the children to be
is not engaged in adjudicating a "war of religion" and the religious beliefs of the parties
www.pathcom.com /~newmoon/canrel.htm   (3339 words)

 Islam Fastest Growing Religion In Canada: Census   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
WASHINGTON, May 15 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - The number of Muslims has thrived in Canada as a census shows that Islam has become the number one non-Christian faith in Quebec and Canada as a whole, a leading Canadian newspaper reported Wednesday, May 14.
The census attributed the obvious increase to Muslims immigration from south Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, making Islam the fastest growing religion in the country.
Bashir Hussain, chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of the Council of Muslim Communities in Canada, remembers when there were only a handful of Muslims in Montreal in the early 1960s.
www.islamawareness.net /NorthAmerica/Canada/caislam2.html   (471 words)

 Paganism and Goddess Religion in Canada
Beaman, Lori (2000): "Non-Conforming" Religions in Canada and Freedom of Religion: The Case of Wicca.
Bird, Frederick and William Reimer (1976): "New Religions and Para-religious Movements in Montreal." in Stewart Crysdale and Les Wheatcroft (eds) Religion in Canadian Society.
Reid, Sian (1994): "The Structure of Privilege: Neo-pagan Witchcraft and the Institutional Sanction of Religion in Canada." Prepared for the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 1994.
chass.colostate-pueblo.edu /natrel/canadabib.html   (833 words)

 Surprise: Religion's gaining strength in Canada
Bibby's brightest news for organized religion in Canada, however, centers on how the country's large mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic denominations have finally stopped their 30-year decline and are either stabilizing or expanding again.
On top of his grim prognosis, prominent sociologists of religion such as Americans Harvey Cox and Peter Berger had begun in the 1960s to follow Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud in predicting religion wouldn't survive the industrialization of society.
In Bibby's latest survey of the spiritual pulse of Canada, 81 percent of Canadians said they believe in God, 74 percent said they pray at least occasionally, and 75 percent said religious groups have a role to play in Canadian life.
www.baptiststandard.com /2002/5_20/print/canada.html   (743 words)

 Menu: Religious makeup of Canada:
Like the United States, Canada is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world.
A major contributor to this trend is the large number of immigrants to Canada who have settled in the Toronto, ON area.
The percentage of Christians is in rapid decline in Canada, dropping at 0.9 percentage points per year.
www.religioustolerance.org /can_rel.htm   (231 words)

 Catholic World News : Call for state control of religion in Canada
Ferguson also suggested "obvious" prohibitions on religion including preaching of "hate." "I won't try to propose what might be in the new code except for a few obvious things: A key item would have to be a ban on claims of exclusivity.
It should be unethical for any RRP (registered religious practitioner) to claim that theirs was the one true religion and believers in anything else or nothing were doomed to fire and brimstone.
Religion is important in our lives, but it can become a danger to society when people claim that the unalterable will of God is the basis for their opinions and actions.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=38528   (1394 words)

 Official statistics: Islam is fastest growing religion in Canada
Results on the Canadian population statistics for 2001 showed the notable increase in the number of Muslims in Canada during the last decades of the 20th century because of the flow of Muslim emigrants from southern Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.
The number of Muslims increased in Canada at a rate of 128.9% during the last decade of the 20th century to reach 579,000 inhabitants.
The paper indicated that results of the Canadian population statistics for 2001 revealed the increase in the number of Muslims in Quebec from 108,000 citizens by the beginning of the last decade to 141,000 by the end of the 20th century.
www.arabicnews.com /ansub/Daily/Day/030516/2003051608.html   (545 words)

 What Happened to Religion in Canada? | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
Into the 1960s, Canada was a markedly more religious country than the United States, with a higher percentage of church attendance and a stronger place for Christianity in public life.
By studying the place of religion in celebrations of Canada's 100th birthday (July 1, 1967) and at the World Exposition in Montreal that same year, Miedema shows how elite and many ordinary Canadians had come to look differently at their nation.
Miedema's tone is low-key, but he nonetheless offers much to ponder—especially on how the national effort to combat religious discrimination led to extensive discrimination against sharply focused religious groups (often evangelicals) and on how an ideology of pluralism has succeeded only partially in creating a strong sense of Canadian identity.
www.christianitytoday.com /ct/2006/009/29.126.html   (334 words)

 Religion in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
With Mark Twain, Canada’s mainline churches can say “reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.” Reginald Bibby has surveyed Canadians on matters of church and religion since 1973.
Bibby defended his about-face in predicting the future health of organized religion in Canada: "At my best, I try to be led by the data.
God, he noted, "is doing incredibly well in the polls." In his book, he says that established churches (Anglican, United, Presbyterians, Lutherans and Roman Catholics) have "name-brand credibility" and thousands and thousands of members that are slow to go elsewhere.
www3.telus.net /ststephensum/stst/religion_in_canada.htm   (159 words)

 Homosexuality Trumps Free Speech And Religion In Canada
August 9, 2005 - Hans C. Clausen, Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, has written a lengthy article on the suppression of free speech and religious belief in Canada over conflicts with homosexual activists in that nation.
The 66-page article, "The 'privilege of speech' in a 'pleasantly authoritarian country': how Canada's judiciary allowed laws proscribing discourse critical of homosexuality to trump free speech and religious liberty," was published in the March, 2005 edition of the law journal.
However, according to Clausen, Canada has taken the strongest stand against public comments against homosexuality.
www.narth.com /docs/trumps.html   (666 words)

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