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The Clash of Cultures: French Catholicism and British Protestantism in Eighteenth-Century Canada (1720–1800)

Robert T. Handy

in A History of the Churches in the United States and Canada

Published in print January 1976 | ISBN: 9780198269106
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683572 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269106.003.0005

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

The Clash of Cultures: French Catholicism and British Protestantism in Eighteenth-Century Canada (1720–1800)

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This chapter describes the quite different history of the churches in Canada. During the 18th century, the struggle between Catholic France and Protestant Britain for political control of Canada was decisively settled in favour of the latter. The dramatic events of the period 1720–1800 are of decisive importance for understanding Canadian religious history. The problems of a colonial Catholic establishment are first introduced. It then explores the French Catholicism under the British. In addition, description on the growth of Protestantism in the Maritime Provinces, and Protestant beginnings in Quebec and Ontario is provided.

Keywords: French Catholicism; British Protestantism; Canada; Catholic France; Protestant Britain; Canadian religious history; Maritime Provinces; Quebec; Ontario

Chapter.  8258 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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