View From the  Murney Tower: Salem Bland, the Late-Victorian Controversies, and the Search for a New Christianity, Volume 1 by Richard AllenView From the  Murney Tower: Salem Bland, the Late-Victorian Controversies, and the Search for a New Christianity, Volume 1 by Richard Allen

View From the Murney Tower: Salem Bland, the Late-Victorian Controversies, and the Search for a…

byRichard Allen

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

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Salem Goldworth Bland (1859-1950) was among the most significant religious leaders in Canadian history. A Methodist and, later, United Church minister, Bland's long career and widespread influence made him a leading figure in the popularizing of liberal theology, social reform, and the Social Gospel movement. He was also a man who struggled with the polarities of evangelical faith and worldly culture, and who sought a unifying world-view in the mentoring of Sir J. William Dawson in the sciences, George Monro Grant in public affairs, and John Watson in philosophy.

The View from the Murney Tower is a two-volume biography of Salem Bland by Richard Allen, author of The Social Passion: Religion and Reform in Canada, 1914-28. This first volume begins with Bland's upbringing in the home of an educated industrialist turned preacher. It goes on to explore his emergence as a liberating mind and eloquent speaker prepared to support new currents of scientific and social thought, as well as to discuss their implications for Christian faith and life. Allen concludes this first volume with Bland's departure from central Canada for the west in 1903, by which time he had become a somewhat controversial figure amongst conservative evangelicals throughout the country.

More than just biography, however, The View from the Murney Tower is also an examination of progressive religion in late-Victorian Canada, a time in which Darwinism and other Biblical, social, and intellectual controversies were profoundly affecting the growth of a young nation.

Richard Allen is a Canadian historian now retired from the Department of History at McMaster University.
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Title:View From the Murney Tower: Salem Bland, the Late-Victorian Controversies, and the Search for a…Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.28 × 6.21 × 1.76 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802097480

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Prologue

Epiphany
1 Newness of Life
2 Family Pilgrimage
3 Heresy!
4 The World, the Flesh, and the Young Preacher
5 The View from Murney Tower
6 Protestant Passions and the Politics of Prophecy
7 Signs of the Times
8 The Religiousness of Reason
9 How the Walls Fall Away!
10 The Consciences of Many Are Still Asleep
11 A Large and Animating Hope
12 Nation and Empire
13 Capital Prospects
14 The Word Made Flesh
Epilogue: Afloat on Such a Sea
Notes

Bibliography

  • Note on Archival Sources
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources

Illustration Credits
Index

Editorial Reviews

'Allen's deft dealing with the various sources is impressive, for he weaves through a dense but readable narrative based on sermons, diaries, periodicals, publications, and even family interviews. And his conclusions advance and reshape our understanding of the social gospel movement in Canada.' - Gordon L. Heath - Journal of Religion, July 2011