Northern Lights: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian by Byron Rempel-Burkholder, Dora Dueck

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder, Dora Dueck

Canada is understood for its wild and numerous actual geography. yet do Canadians have a religious geography- an identification uniquely formed by way of their land, their historical past, their humans? This first-of-its-kind assortment brings jointly writings from in the Christian history to assist Canadians discover that question.

The forty-six members contain award-winning literary figures, non secular and political leaders, and social activists from one finish of Canada to the opposite. Their traditions variety from evangelical to Catholic, mainline Protestant to Orthodox, Pentecostal to Mennonite. a few nonetheless have relations connections past Canada's borders; others have ancestors who have been her lengthy ahead of Europeans came.

These writers don't research, outline, or argue approximately Christianity in Canada. they just exhibit it via their memoir or poetry, fiction or meditation -mapping into phrases anything of what it capacity to be Christian during this country.

The non secular panorama they paint is assorted, inspiring, and provocative. it is a vibrant dance of phrases, a superb Canadian celebration.

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We were Gereformeerd, and therefore “people of the Book,” a reality I experienced during my childhood in the Old Testament stories my father read at the supper table every day. On the one hand these stories were historical-redemptive stories of the faith, but they were also what fairy tales are to children, for they contain the same enchantment and magic and witchcraft and bloodthirstiness and undercurrent of sexuality that fairy tales have. A donkey speaks; an axe head floats on water; an evil king visits a witch’s hovel in the night in order to speak to the spirit of a dead prophet; a painted, wicked queen is thrown from a tower so that her blood spatters against the stone wall and the horses’ hooves; a king stands on his palace roof spying on a naked woman and then has sex with her before arranging her husband’s murder.

But the scripts I particularly treasure were my reconstructed debates. The first of these was On Socialism, Sex and Salvation: a debate between GKC and GBS—Gilbert Keith Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. On the face of it, the two men were strikingly dissimilar. Shaw was a socialist, an evolutionist, a teetotaller, and an Irishman. Chesterton was a distributist—that is, he affirmed the principle of private property and believed that effective self-government required a truly distributed private property—a believer in orthodox religion, a debunker of modern myths, an imbiber, and an Englishman.

There is gentleness in my mother’s scolding. And sometimes just a hint of laughter. I think maybe Mom remembers rubber ice when she was nine. Spring on the prairies is a quick, passionate love affair with life. Rubber ice to dance on, swimming holes to freeze in, feet to go barefoot on. Then spring is gone and the hot summer is upon us. Time to get to work. Time to live a thing called hope. Those who farm the dry and unforgiving prairies know about hope. Yes, hope. Not bloody-minded positive thinking.

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