Although French-speaking Canadians have largely been Roman Catholic, there has been a small, but significant Protestant minority among them for much of their history. Several important studies on these Protestants have appeared in French or in short articles in English, but there is no broader survey in English. Based on significant archival study, a fresh reading of printed texts and the work of a generation of historians, this collection of essays brings together the work of leading scholars in the field to bring reasoned perspective on various narratives of the history of this often forgotten religious minority. This collection highlights international and inter-confessional networks, the various stages of external and internal mission, the periods of growth and decline, and the cultural and political heritage of these Protestants.
Jason Zuidema, Ph.D. (2006) in Religious Studies, McGill University, is lecturer in Christian Spirituality in the Department of Theological Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. He is author of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) and the Outward Instrument of Divine Grace (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008) and The Life and Thought of David Craig (1937–2001): Canadian Presbyterian Missionary (Toronto: Clements Academic, 2008).
Contributors include: Randall Balmer, Sébastien Fath, Denis Fortin, Jean-Louis Lalonde, Robert Larin, J.I. Little, Richard Lougheed, Roderick MacLeod, Mary Anne Poutanen, Catharine Randall, Glenn Scorgie, Glenn Smith, Richard W. Vaudry, Jason Zuidema
All those interesed in religious history in North America, Protestantism in North America, religious minorities in Canada, or the history of ecumenical and inter-confessional mission.