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The CHA Journal Prize ( The best article from #1 and #2 issues)

2005

Kevin Kee, “Bobby Sox to Bach: Charles Templeton and the Commodification of Popular Protestantism in the Postwar Era”

This papers focus on popular religion is a valuable counterbalance to the tendency to emphasize church leadership, and its emphasis on the post-Second World War era addresses an era not extensively covered by historians. The essay also provides valuable insights into Charles Templeton, a relatively well-known figure, but one who is not as well understood in terms of his role in popular religion in Canada. Most important, the authors thesis convincingly challenges the prevailing wisdom of the role of Christianity in modern Canada, and undoubtedly will be the subject of future debate.