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    DescriptionWhat role does religion play in the Canadian Forces today? Examining the changing functions of the official religious leaders in the chaplaincy as well as the place and purpose of religion in the lives of regular military personnel, Religion in the Ranks explores this question in the context of late modernity and the Canadian secular state. In-depth interviews with chaplains and with personnel of differing spiritual beliefs offer insight into how religion affects the real life experiences of those who have endured difficult assignments, witnessed atrocities, and struggled to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. While identifying the historic function of religion in the Canadian Forces, Joanne Benham Rennick demonstrates that spiritual interests remain important, even to those who do not consider themselves to be religious. Arguing that the leadership, practices, and beliefs rooted in religious affiliations create essential support systems for individuals, both at home and on assignment, Benham Rennick shows that there is still a place for religion in Canada's military.

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    Religion in the Ranks
    Belief and Religious Experience in the Canadian Forces
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joanne Rennick, Foreword by Romeo Dallaire
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9781442642874
    ISBN 10: 1442642874

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
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    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC classification: HM
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET034
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CANADN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    Abridged Dewey: 306
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Libri: I-TE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, REL000000
    DC22: 355.3470971
    DC21: 355.3470971
    Thema V1.0: JBSR
    Illustrations note
    1, 1 figure; 2 tables
    University of Toronto Press
    Imprint name
    University of Toronto Press
    Publication date
    23 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Joanne Benham Rennick is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
    Review quote
    'This book is of interest to anyone concerned with religious pluralism in a Canadian context... The methodological thoroughness of Benham Rennick is commendable, particularly for a civilian studying the military, with limited access to information and the limited amount of existing research on the role of religion in the Canadian armed forces.' -- Kathleen A. Riddell Studies in Religion, vol 42:01:2013
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements Foreword, by Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire PART ONE: Introduction Premise Methods The Late Modern Approach to Religion PART TWO: An Historical Overview of the CF Chaplaincy 1914-1945: Forming a Chaplain Branch 1946-1980: Becoming a Modern Bureaucratic Force 1980-2007: A "Postmodern" Context The 21st Century: Towards an Interfaith Branch PART THREE: Unusual Officers Personality, Motivation, Commitment Presence, Trust, and Rapport Alike but Different PART FOUR: The Rank and File Private Religion Religious Interests as a Response to Hardship and Suffering Formal Religion PART FIVE: Conclusions The Continuing Significance of Religion Modernization and Religion in the CF Lack of Religious Knowledge Stigma and Anomie Bibliography