The Difference Between Canadian and American Evangelicals

Cardus has a fascinating article up exploring whether there are differences between Canadian and American Evangelicals (aside from stereotypes). Pointing to the research the article points out 5 examples of the differences between Canadian and American Evangelicals. They include:

1. Canadian evangelicals are a much smaller minority in Canada than American evangelicals in the United States.
2. Canadian evangelicals inhabit a more secular environment than American evangelicals.
3. Canadian evangelicals have less confrontational attitudes toward fellow Canadians than American evangelicals do toward fellow Americans.
4. Canadian evangelicals are less invested in a national narrative than American evangelicals.
5. Canadian evangelicals are, on average, less aligned with conventional conservative political stances than are American evangelicals.

Read the whole article for more details.

My questions:

For my American friends who are living in Canada, what differences do you notice?
For my American friends who live in the States and read some Canadian Christian blogs, what differences do you notice?
For my Canadian friends who are living in the States, what differences do you notice?
For my Canadian friends who live in Canada and read American Christian blogs (which is the majority of Christian blogs out there), what differences do you notice?

  • http://briercrest.ca/college/prospective/academics/faculty/facultyprofile.asp?facultyName=Charles%20Hackney&facultyId=132 Charles

    What I find interesting is the amount of space given to differences between American and Canadian evangelicals, when the primary set of findings in the study showed the two as basically similar. Perhaps one of the differences between American and Canadian evangelicals is that Canadian evangelicals are more interested in pointing out the differences between American and Canadian evangelicals. :^)

  • Erin

    I’d say the political differences loom largest. After my years in Scotland and Canada, I know that evangelicals can have a wide variety of political views. Knowing someone does or does not support universal healthcare, a specific war, a certain tax policy, tells me nothing about that person’s faith.
    Also, from my limited experience, I think there may be greater unity among Canadian evangelicals, perhaps because of the minority status. Or maybe it’s just that Canadians are more polite and less likely to enjoy debating and fighting?