RELIGION AND THEOLOGY 4
Christianity has had an influential function in the past of Americaand Canada. Noll’s writing is historic, tracking the advancement ofChristianity, in both nations. The inclusion of Canada is areflection of the similar sources of influence on religion shared byUS and Canada. In chapter 13 and 14, Noll discusses “Non-White,Non-Protestant” and “Protestantism Shaken” respectively.
13 is an introduction to the different categorizations ofchurches, which early Christians attended. Historically, people weregreatly divided in terms of race. It was almost impossible forpersons from different religions to share similar spiritualities. Thechapter demonstrates that whites were largely Protestants, whereasindividuals from other races make up the group of non-protestants.This means that being non-white was associated with beingnon-protestant. Non-protestant regards to any western Christian thatdoes not follow Catholic, the Eastern Church or Anglican. It refersto a follower of any of the Christian organizations, whichdisconnected from the roman church all through the reformation.
Noll (1992) notes that from the 1830s, it was an important periodfor the history of Christianity in the US and Canada arising from twomain alterations. Initially, the 1830s decade saw a number of turningpoints for the nation’s white protestant. White-protestants made upmost of the Christians in turn exerting a lasting effect on theactions and impact of Protestants. Another alteration emerges fromthe conclusion of the civil battle in 1865. It resulted in theintroduction of larger trends amid non-white, as well asnon-protestant Christians, and influential national forces, whichdeterminedly changes the spiritual history of America. This meansthat the generation coming after 1830, witnessed changes in themovement of America’s most recognized Protestants. The civilbattle’s origin and impacts seems to be linked to the course ofChristianity in America.
In chapter 14, Noll notes that evangelical Protestants are the majorsingle group of spiritual Canadian civilians and US. They appear tohave more riches, status political power and academic attainment.However, regardless of the size as well as notable intellectualability, evangelical Protestantism results in just minimalcontribution towards first-order public discourse within the nations.As at the 1930s, the public outlook of Protestantism was altering dueto an alteration in the amount of US denominations. The 1929 crash instock market and the widespread depression emerging during the periodwere unkind towards conventional Protestant churches.Congregationalists, Baptists, Presbyterians, among other old reformeddenominations were disturbed with the stock market crash in the sameway as the countries. The strong link amid development in Christianfaith, in addition to development in the country became shaken.
Noll progresses to demonstrate how the civil war seemed to modernizeAmerica’s Protestantism (Noll, 1992). This was through shaking itfrom the past and replacing with modern interests like greaterreference points towards theological grouping. An illustration is themocking of the confederacy by Irish evangelicals, due to banning itsvaunted ideological basis on slavery. Canadians were competent of thesimilar intense disapproval of slavery. Protestantism seems to havebeen shaken by the rise of advent religions, which questioned theirreligious stand on issues. For instance, it is apparent that therewas a great divide concerning the issue of slavery, as Protestantswere incapable of demonstrating their stand. This resulted incriticism from other historic religions, which were strongly againstProtestantism.
Noll, M. A. (1992). Ahistory of Christianity in the United States and Canada.Grand Rapids, Mich:Eerdmans.