Presenter: Adam Rudy
Paper topic: “Christians and War”
Abstract: Based on an analysis of the Canadian Protestant press this paper explores several interrelated themes that shaped the Canadian Protestant response to the Second World War. A presupposition of Christian civilization provided the basis for a strong belief in Christian democracy, loyalty to the British Empire, the war as a just and righteous cause, and a vision for a post-war peace that allow human flourishing throughout the world. The argument will be made that the war as a just and righteous cause was given additional weight by the vision of a post-war peace, and, that the vision of peace was built on the underlying presuppositions of Christian civilization and inevitable human advancement.
The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) will be held virtually for the 2020-21 academic year. TRS meets for an hour twice per month on Tuesdays. Each seminar includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.
All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.
This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Paul Evans, Dr. Michael Knowles, and Dr. Steve Studebaker.