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Dominion Of The Gods: Religious Continuity And Change In A Canadian Context

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In focusing on the most recent and significant manifestations of out-of-place religions in the Canadian context, this chapter outlines the particular character of this inheritance and its role in the evolution of state strategy with respect to religious affairs. The history of religion in Canada is overwhelmingly the story of the penetration and dissemination of Christianity, mainly in its Roman Catholic and Protestant forms. While the proportions of various kinds of Christians in the national stock-taking are directly affected by the religious affiliations of immigrants, the same is true, in an even more obvious way, of the major non-Christian groups that increasingly merit placement on the religious map of Canada. For over three decades, "multiculturalism" as an official national policy has specifically included religion in its fundamental terms of reference.

Keywords: Canadian context; Christianity; multiculturalism; non-Christian; Roman Catholic



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