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By A. B McKillop

Targeting the idea of Canada's significant scientists, philosophers, and clerics - males akin to William Dawson and Daniel Wilson, John Watson and W.D. LeSeur, G.M. supply and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts off via reconstructing the primary strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy typical in Anglo-Canadian schools at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those contain Scottish logic philosophy and the typical theology of William Paley. The harmful influence of evolutionary rules on that orthodoxy and the foremost exponents of the hot different types of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. by means of the 20th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian proposal were reworked via what had develop into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this positive highbrow flow, British idealism, was once monstrous. It helped to spoil Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical middle of the social gospel move, and represent an immense strength at the back of the construction of the United Church of Canada. in the course of the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20th, notwithstanding, the ethical significant in Anglo-Canadian inspiration remained a continuing presence.

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To promote this object, in the most comprehensive sense, is the design of this institution—embracing as it does . . 39 Ryerson's design for a liberal education entailed the construction of two academic programs: first, a preparatory level, "requisite for the ordinary duties of life," intended for those who did not plan to go to college,- second, a collegiate level for those who were to engage in "professional pursuits," such as the ministry, law, politics, and business. When speaking of the preparatory level, Ryerson placed no little emphasis upon the study of the English language and literature, in the hope that students would be inspired to emulate British philosophers and historians, orators and poets, as much as they already did Plato and Aristotle through 18 Chapter One their study of the classics.

In the formation of those faculties, God has furnished the richest display of wisdom and goodness; and to develope, expand, and mature them, is the noblest work of man or angel. . To promote this object, in the most comprehensive sense, is the design of this institution—embracing as it does . . 39 Ryerson's design for a liberal education entailed the construction of two academic programs: first, a preparatory level, "requisite for the ordinary duties of life," intended for those who did not plan to go to college,- second, a collegiate level for those who were to engage in "professional pursuits," such as the ministry, law, politics, and business.

The most obvious source of division was the presence of competing religious institutions. In Church-State relations the first half of the nineteenth century witnessed unremitting attempts by the non-Anglican denominations to undermine the validity of the Anglican assumption that the established Church in England was also to be the state church of the British colonies in America. Doctrinal divisions, both between and within the various churches, while not as obvious (because not as politically inflammable) as the denominational rivalries for external support, nevertheless existed and added the force of religious conviction to disagreements over polity.

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