The Catholic Faith and the Social Construction of Religion

With Particular Attention to the Québec Experience

by Allan M. Savage & Peter Stuart



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/2/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781449720834
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781449720841
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781449720827

About the Book

The intent behind this book is to provide grist for the mill for research students and other interested readers. Chapter one, by author Allan Savage, presents an understanding of the social construction of religious activity, which maintains that social construction of religion arises from a dialectical engagement within the world from a phenomenological philosophical point of view. Co-author Peter Stuart presents a classical and traditional point of view, and readers expecting academic accord between the authors will be disappointed.

A further rationale for writing this book is that both Savage and Stuart desire to express their personal convictions in the public forum. Both have interests in the ebb and flow of civilization, especially as it pertains to the place of faith, religion, politics, and a variety of social phenomena, including economics, culture, gender, ethnicity, and the family, as well as the ebb and flow of money, power, property, and prestige, as articulated throughout history. They believe that writing about the place of faith and religion in French Canada is crucial if one is to understand the place that this ‘keystone’ civilization occupies within confederation and its enduring ambivalence regarding its belonging, or not, to Canada.

About the Author

Peter Stuart is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, class of 1996, obtaining a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Canadian studies, magna cum laude. He is a native of the Province of Québec, born in Montréal, and has spent most of his life in Québec city, where he works as an administrative assistant at the city’s English-speaking Roman Catholic parish: St. Patrick’s. He is of mixed ethno-linguistic origin: French-Canadian, English, Irish, and Scottish. He is a native English speaker in a city which is 94 percent French-speaking, and is also fluently bilingual. His writings have appeared for ten years both in English and French, in the Québec Chronicle Telegraph, Le Soleil, La Presse, and Impact Campus, one of Laval University’s newspapers. He publishes a blog: Politics in Québec and Canada, at ‘stup1276’, which not only deals with issues mentioned in the title, but also faith and religion in post-modern secular society, gender and family issues, social justice, America and its place in the world, international affairs, and North American continental integration. Allan Savage is currently pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Québec City, QC. His doctorate of theology is from the University of South Africa; his doctorate in scared theology is from the St. Elias School of Theology; and his doctorate of letters is via published works through the European-American University. He was ordained in 1978 to the Roman Catholic priesthood, serving in the Dioceses of Timmins and Thunder Bay in pastoral, clinical, and administrative positions. He was sessional lecturer in the faculty of theology at the University of Winnipeg and is the author of a number of books integrating theology, philosophy, psychology, and interdisciplinary thought, as well as contributions to various electronic and print journals.