Leaving Christianity

9780773550865: Hardback
Release Date: 30th November 2017

9780773550872: Paperback
Release Date: 30th November 2017

57 tables

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 304

Series Advancing Studies in Religion Series

McGill-Queen's University Press

Leaving Christianity

Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945

Why Canadians started to walk away from organized Christianity in the 1960s and how that defection became an exodus.
Hardback / £91.00
Paperback / £26.99

Canadians were once church-goers. During the post-war boom of the 1950s, Canadian churches were vibrant institutions, with attendance rates even higher than in the United States, but the following decade witnessed emptying pews. What happened? In Leavin

Brian Clarke teaches in the Toronto School of Theology and Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. Stuart Macdonald is professor at Knox College and instructor in the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto.

"Leaving Christianity develops the first coherent historical analysis of the postwar secularization of Canadian society deploying statistical evidence in abundance. It also brings the state of the historiography on Canada in this period up to the levels o

“A major, original, and important contribution to scholarship and a groundbreaking and important contribution to our understanding of the evolution of Canadian identity.” David Seljak, University of Waterloo

"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in religion in Canada, and brings much to the table. First and foremost, the authors are part of only a very small handful of researchers analyzing the extensive quantitative data on church membership, Sunda

"A serious, no-holds-barred report on the eclipse of the Christian churches in Canada, plummeting enrollments and institutional marginalization ... ." Literary Review of Canada

"Leaving Christianity is a book long overdue. Rather than dealing in fantasies of Christian revival, Brian Clarke and Stuart Macdonald take a detailed and realistic look at statistical data from a range of sources to analyze the present status of Christia