Gordon Heath

 Gordon Heath

Address1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON

Associate Professor of Christian History, McMaster Divinity College

Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College,
M.Div., Acadia University,
B.Th., Tyndale University College,

Associate Professor Of Christian History

My general research interests are in the area of church-state relations. More specifically, I am interested in the churches and their responses to various military conflicts.

I am also interested in questions surrounding the “post-Christian establishment” (or post-Constantinian) relationship between church and state in Canada and the West.

I was recently awarded a SSRHC Standard Research Grant for the purpose of researching Canadian churches and constructions of nation and empire, 1899-1945 (during the South African War, the First World War, and the Second World War). This research project will be a major focus of mine for the next few years.

Present Research Projects:

      A book on the history of Canadian Protestant churches and warfare, 1899-1945

  • A book on the history of McMaster Divinity College
  • A book on Baptists, war and imperialism (co-edited with Michael Haykin)
  • A book on the history of Canadian Baptists and public life (co-edited with Paul Wilson)
  • A book of the history, theology and pastoral practice of baptism (co-edited with Jim Dvorak)
  • An annotated bibliography of Canadian churches and war
  • An article on Canadian Protestant missionaries and attitudes to empire, 1887-1914
  • An article on imperial attitudes in late 19th century Canadian Protestant children’s literature
  • An anthology of Canadian English Protestant poetry during the South African War

Recent Lectures and Conference Papers:

  • Perpetua and Felicitas: Ancient-Future Heroes
  • American Society of Church History: “‘The Empire is Safe for the Future’: Constructing Little Imperialists in the Late-Victorian Canadian Protestant Children’s Press”
  • Canadian Baptist Historical Society: “Ontario Baptists and the War of 1812”
  • Canadian Society of Church History: “Canadian Baptists and the War of 1812”
  • Canadian Society of Church History: “Traitor, Half Breeds, Savages and Heroes: Canadian Baptist Newspapers and Constructions of the Riel Rebellion in 1885”
  • Bingham Colloquim: “When the Blood of the Martyrs Was Not Enough: A Survey of Places Where the Church Was Wiped Out”
  • Gospel of Judas and the Formation of the Canon; Gospel of Judas and the “Lucky Winner Thesis”

Areas of Interest

Church and StateWar Issues;

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