By Kenneth McNaught, Allen Mills
In this based and conscientiously researched paintings, Kenneth McNaught info the lifestyles, paintings, and rules of J.S Woodsworth and exhibits the robust ethical and political strength that the pacifist, Methodist philosopher exerted on Canadian politics.
Woodsworth first went to the home of Commons in 1922, and have become chief of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation at its formation in 1933. A socialist to the top, he exhibited his anti-war convictions to Parliament, whilst, in 1939, he by myself spoke out opposed to becoming a member of the warfare in Europe. Woodsworth's rules and robust social sense of right and wrong helped to form the improvement of the welfare country in Canada, and feature left an highbrow legacy in either socialist and liberal circles.
A Prophet in Politics marks the growth of socialism in Canada, in addition to the industrial and political stipulations within the first 1/2 the 20 th century. McNaught, who died in 1997, is himself an incredible determine in Canadian historical past, having fought as a professor of heritage for educational freedom and having introduced the scholarly dialogue of nationwide politics into the general public sphere. on the time of its unique e-book, Globe and Mail reviewers referred to as it 'a definitive biography that during drama and association ranks with the easiest books in regards to the makers of Canada.' This version, awarded within the 'Reprints in Canadian heritage' sequence, features a new advent by way of Allen Mills.
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Extra info for A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
One feels there are worlds all around, about which he is in dense ignorance. When I hear beautiful music —watch a painter or sculptor—see something of architecture—the great industries on every hand—learn the hundreds of different subjects that men are reading or studying, I almost feel that it is useless to try to learn much because it can be such a small proportion of the world's knowledge. . And yet, sometimes one ignorant man practically sets up the claim that his ideas and standards should be the measure of the universe.
My somersaults may have changed my position somewhat, but after all, things around are steady, even if my viewpoint has altered a little. . " His overseas experience had by no means destroyed his faith in the general structure and purpose of Canadian Methodism. He suspected, perhaps, that he himself lacked the deep and immediate inspiration required in Methodist ministers, but that did not mean that he could not continue either in some non-pastoral work or in his search for pastoral inspiration.
Surely there must be one great system of morality. Nor need this exclude Christianity. Rather, if Christianity is as universal as it claims to be it must combine in itself all morality—must allow for its highest development and be an essential factor in that development.... No doubt its breadth was for Woodsworth one of the attractions of the Church of England, which at this time had identified itself through men like Bishop Gore and Canon Scott Holland with the cause of social reform, while the English Wesleyans were still concerned primarily with a personal evangelism.
A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth by Kenneth McNaught, Allen Mills