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On 10 June 1925, the United Church of Canada officially came into being. In the meantime, much had changed since the heady days around the turn of the century. The First World War had taken the wind out of the sails of the earlier optimism of liberalism and the social gospel. 8 Yet by the 1920s theological liberalism – especially the critical view of the Bible – was firmly entrenched in the church colleges. The burning desire of church leaders for social reform, though it may have dimmed somewhat, was also not quenched.
Together with the church’s emphasis on evangelism and moral reform, the character of Christian education in the 1930s helped create and maintain an evangelical identity for the United Church. indb 40 2013-05-09 15:43:45 Setting a Pattern 41 Church leaders for evangelical beliefs was powerfully illustrated in the crafting of what became the church’s “Statement of Faith” in 1940.
6 Over a number of years, through widespread support and deft politicking, the union supporters were able to attain their goal, though one-third of the Presbyterians, who firmly insisted on their right to a continued separate denominational existence, stayed out of the union. On 10 June 1925, the United Church of Canada officially came into being. In the meantime, much had changed since the heady days around the turn of the century. The First World War had taken the wind out of the sails of the earlier optimism of liberalism and the social gospel.