The main point of Michael Wagner’s new book, Leaving God Behind, is that the Charter of Rights replaced Canada’s Christian past with a Humanist constitution and culture.
For some Christians, this isn’t that big a deal because they don’t believe that Canada was once a Christian nation. You should never let anyone get away with such a claim. Ask them what they mean.
Different people mean different things when they say that a nation was Christian. I don’t know anybody who, by that statement, is trying to argue that everybody, or even a majority of people, in the nation were Christian. In most cases, they are referring to a belief in the impact of the Christian religion on the laws and government of the land. And usually when people say this, they are not trying to suggest that Christianity was the only influence on politics and culture. Nor are they necessarily arguing that a “purist” Christianity, or a Christianity that is consistent with their own particular tradition is the Christianity that was practised in those earlier years. In most cases, they are simply arguing that Christianity of some variety – as opposed to Judaism, Humanism, Islam or Hinduism – was the dominant influence on the nation’s public life.
In that respect, the historical evidence is clear: Canada was a Christian country. Christians have squandered that legacy. Today we are governed by Secular Humanism, and the Charter of Rights is of its Manifestos. A growing number of Christians are recognizing this fact, and Leaving God Behind will help you make that case, as you look to ways to reform Canada and turn it to a Christian foundation even stronger than the one we left behind.
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