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The Politics of Evangelical IdentityLocal Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada$
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Lydia Bean

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161303

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161303.001.0001

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Practicing Civility in Two Canadian Congregations

Practicing Civility in Two Canadian Congregations

(p.193) Chapter 8 Practicing Civility in Two Canadian Congregations
The Politics of Evangelical Identity

Lydia Bean

Princeton University Press

This chapter contrasts the role of opinion leaders in the two Canadian churches. As in both American churches, Canadian lay leaders were expected to model orthodox positions on theology and moral issues, as part of their leadership role. But, unlike in the American churches, this moral conformity was combined with an acceptance of political diversity within the church. Both Canadian churches contained networks of conservative Christian activists who wished to mobilize the congregation around abortion and homosexuality. But politically conservative activists were unable to set the tone for the church's public life, since other prominent members held other political views. As a result, less politically engaged members did not receive clear cues about partisanship from the opinion leaders around them.

Keywords:   Canadian churches, American churches, theology, moral issues, moral conformity, political diversity, Christian activists, opinion leaders

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