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Religion and American PoliticsFrom the Colonial Period to the Present$
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Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195317145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.001.0001

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Canadian Counterpoint

Canadian Counterpoint

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(p.423) 18 Canadian Counterpoint
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Religion and American Politics
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Mark A. Noll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.003.0019

This chapter tracks long-standing differences between religious–political connections in Canada and in the United States, but also shows that the most recent Canadian federal elections seem to be moving closer to American patterns. It reminds readers that American configurations for religion and politics do not necessarily translate easily throughout the rest of the world. Over the last decades, Canadian society has moved in an American direction, by shifting markers of identity away from religious institutions and from inherited status and toward identity defined by personal choice, ethnicity, nationalism, lifestyle, and economic status.

Keywords:   Canada, United States, federal elections, American religion, Protestant

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