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Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017)
“Still, we need to be prepared in our relationship with Christ, and the nation in which we live, to stand publicly in our faith as witnesses to Him whom we live for. One key to that preparation is engaging fully our commitment to Christ, His Church, and His Word (the Bible). Another is being accurately aware of how Canadian courts are defining what the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms refers to as the ‘fundamental freedom’ of freedom of religion.” – excerpt from Under Siege
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Back Cover Summary
Writing from the perspective of a student of life, history, law, politics, and theology, Don Hutchinson draws on all of these areas in Under Siege to offer perceptive insight into the Christian Church of today’s Canada. The reader will receive the benefit of his thirty years of church leadership, Christian witness, constitutional law, and public policy experience to gain a practical understanding of how we, the Church, may cast the deciding votes on the future of Christianity in our constitutionally guaranteed “free and democratic society.”
How did we get here? What happened to “Christian” Canada? Do we not have Charter rights like everyone else? What does the Bible say?
Many Christians sense that an advancing secularism is trying to force upon Canadians a culture in which faith is meant to be private. Hutchinson presents historic, legal, and theological grounds for us not to hide our faith in stained-glass closets, but instead to enter Canada’s contested public space with confidence. Together as individual Christians, congregations, denominations, and para-congregational ministries, we are the Church in Canada. And together we have the capacity to impact the nation for God, the good of our neighbours, and the good of ourselves. Will we?
What people are saying about Under Siege :
“Under Siege is recommended reading for all followers of Jesus, not just leaders.”
—Jason Boucher, Lead Pastor, Lifecentre, Ottawa
“Don Hutchinson shares his history with religion and religious freedom in Under Siege. The book is like a series of very informative coffee dates. By the end of the book, not only will you be well informed, but you will also feel like you have made a new friend.” —Janet Epp Buckingham, Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre, Professor, Trinity Western University
“The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms professes to guarantee freedom of conscience and religion to all Canadians. But in practice, freedom of religion in Canada is ‘under siege.’ I wholeheartedly commend to concerned Canadians Don Hutchinson’s analysis of the challenge and prescriptions for engagement.”
—Preston Manning, Founder, Manning Centre for Building Democracy, former Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons
“This book is historically informative, well researched and written with a compelling passion for religious freedom in our country. Under Siege is timely, needed and must be read!”
—Margaret Gibb, Founder and Executive Director, Women Together
“Don Hutchinson has that rare combination of gifts: a deep thinker, an excellent writer, and able to make complex subjects easily understood. Under Siege is a must-read for Christians who care about the mission Christ gave His church but feel hindered by the current Canadian legal and social environment.”
—John Pellowe, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Christian Charities
“Don Hutchinson in Under Siege walks us through the critical issues of freedom of religion in a country where one might naively assume its record is stellar. His message is that there is always the need for vigilance. In a time when the secular assumption that faith will soon ebb away carries with it a belief that there is no need to protect its freedom, this book advises the opposite. A timely and wise warning.”
—Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance
“Hutchinson does what few have done: make religious freedom human, personal, and Canadian. At the same time, I feel I am caught up in a brilliant lecture that I don’t want to end.”
—Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO, Cardus