As the established religion of one of Canada's founding cultures, Anglicanism has existed in some form in this country since the arrival of English explorers in 1497. In the subsequent five centuries Anglicanism has been a constant presence in the life of the nation, often for good, sometimes playing a more ambiguous role, both as an agent of empire, exclusion, or worse, as well as a source of burgeoning Canadian nationalism. Despite possessing a character often, erroneously, described in monolithic terms, Anglicanism has changed and adapted over time, through the lives, work, and worship of its adherents, to its particular situation in Canada, unique, though not divorced from developments elsewhere in the worldwide Anglican Communion, or even other denominations in Canada. This course will explore themes of Anglican identity, liturgy, and culture in Canada, tracing from earliest roots to the present, while considering the various successes, failures, and controversies in historical perspective. A concern will be to see whether Anglicanism's adaptability, and gradual indigenization, as well as external developments affecting this ecclesial identity, guarantee its survival in an increasingly indifferent national context.
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