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Religion and Public Life in Canada: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
January 1, 2001
The essays compiled in Religion and Public Life in Canada: Historical and Comparative Perspectives address the historical and continuing influence of religion on Canada's modern institutions. Contemporary Canada's high level of secularization has led many to dismiss the role and importance of religion in the country. In contrast, the authors argue that religion served as one of the early foundations of the public sphere and that its continuing importance, despite being more subtle, should not be overlooked. Relying primarily on case studies, they argue that despite religion's differentiation from the state, it still plays an integral role in shaping communal identities and secular institutions.