2022 Rawlyk Lecture
September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the 2022 Rawlyk Lecture on September 19 at 7pm, hosted by Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies
The lecture will be hosted in person at Acadia Divinity College and online
Dr. Gordon Heath will be speaking on “Canadian Baptists and the Fall(ing) of the British Empire, 1945-1956”
Like many Protestants in Canada, Baptists were ardent supporters of the British Empire in the two world wars. But in the postwar years there was a marked shift in attitudes to the empire and Canada’s place within it. This presentation will trace the evolving discourse related to new conceptions and visions of national identity in the face of a rapidly changing and increasingly dangerous world. By 1956, it will argue, Baptists were on their way to re-imagining a Canada without the old imperial assumptions and relations.
About Dr. Gordon Heath
Gordon L. Heath, PhD, FRHistS, is Professor of Christian History as well as Centenary Chair in World Christianity at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. His publications include Christians, the State, and War: An Ancient Tradition for the Modern World (Fortress, 2022); The British Nation is Our Nation: The BACSANZ Baptist Press and the South African War, 1899–1902 (Paternoster, 2017) and A War with a Silver Lining: Canadian Protestant Churches and the South African War, 1899–1902 (MQUP, 2009). He has also edited a number of volumes, such as American Churches and the First World War (Pickwick, 1917) and Canadian Churches and the First World War (Pickwick, 2014). Gordon is an ordained Baptist minister, who served as pastor in Nova Scotia. He also is a graduate of Acadia Divinity College (MDiv Honours, 1994).