Fighting over God

A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada

By (author) Janet Epp Buckingham
Categories: Political Science
Series: McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773543287, 344 pages, March 2014


From before Confederation to the present day, religion has been one of the most contentious issues in Canadian public life. In Fighting over God, Janet Buckingham surveys a vast array of religious conflicts, exploring both their political aspects and the court cases that were part of their resolution.


“Buckingham generally supports dialogue in the solving of problems rather than the blunt instrument of legal procedure and calls for the whole question [of religious freedom and of secularism] to be publicly debated. This is an admirable book. Lawyers and historians especially should read it. ” British Journal of Canadian Studies

“Janet Epp Buckingham’s research is impressively comprehensive and detailed. She is able to present facts and examples as narratives in both a geographically and historically complete way. The reader has the sense that all the ‘legal moments’ of religious life in Canada have been captured and collected here. ” Shauna Van Praagh, Faculty of Law, McGill University