Written by Darrel Reid. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview When A. B. Simpson died, a Christian Herald writer wrote: “His epitaph is written in the hearts of countless multitudes at home and abroad … no one in this age had done more effectual, self-denying service for Christ and His […]
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1898—1991 Written by Deborah Cowley. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission.OverviewPauline Vanier was born in Montreal in 1898. She was the only child of Charles Archer, a Quebec Superior Court judge, and his wife, Thérèse de Salaberry, whose seigneurial ancestors had come to Canada in 1730.“Faith, far from being outmoded or […]
Written by Joseph Adamson. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Northrop Frye, one of the country’s most eminent thinkers, devoted his life to a study of literature and culture that was deeply rooted in the Bible. He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1912, the son of devout Methodists. Frye’s […]
Written by Marguerite Van Die. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview “A faith formed, tested, and strengthened by family tragedy.“ Margaret Proctor Burwash had a keen interest in the welfare of female students at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, and believed that their education should be largely in the […]
Written by Randi Warne. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Nellie McClung had a vision for Canada and for western Canada in particular. Calling it the Land of the Second Chance and the Land of the Fair Deal, McClung believed that the western prairie was a perfect place to build […]
Synopsis Frank C. Peters, a Mennonite Brethren pastor who became president of Waterloo Lutheran University and used his leadership and relational skills to help that institution move from the private faith-based sector into the public sphere, ultimately re-named Wilfrid Laurier University.
Written by John G. Stackhouse, Jr. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Evangelical Christianity in the late nineteenth century generated a number of missionaries of “muscular Christianity,” which championed body and spirit. None was more typical and more well-known in his day than Wilfred Grenfell, missionary doctor to Labrador.
Early Years When George Grant arrived at Oxford in October 1939 as the Rhodes Scholar from Queen’s University in Kingston, it was his plan to study law and to then return to Canada to work as a constitutional lawyer. Such a career would have coincided perfectly with his mother’s ambitions for him. His two grandfathers, […]
Written by Ian McLeod. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview The political left in Canada has drawn an astonishing number of leaders from the ranks of clergy. The first leader of a socialist (CCF) government in Canada was the former Baptist minister, Tommy Douglas, in Saskatchewan, and the first leader […]
Written by James Craig. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Robert Edward McAlister played a foundational role in the early growth of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination. His labours as an evangelist, pastor, organizer, teacher, writer and missions promoter helped the PAOC grow from […]