Dennis Gruending’s Pulpit and Politics in Ebook format

Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life

Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Pubic Life is now available in an Ebook format. The book is a provocative exposé of the political ideology and tactics employed by religious conservatives in Canada today. It examines the competition between religious progressives and conservatives for power and influence in Canadian life. Pulpit and Politics looks closely at the political ideology and tactics of the religious right but also documents the efforts made by religious progressives struggling to have their voices heard on issues of equality and peace, justice, human rights and world events.  The book has been well reviewed and accepted. Marci McDonald, best-selling author of The Armageddon Factor called it “a must-read for anyone who wishes to grasp the spiritual tensions at play behind Stephen Harper’s majority government.”

Former MP, Rev. Bill Blaikie says: “[These] well-informed observations on the role of faith in politics, and the politics of faith, are an insightful guide to the current political landscape.”

Joe Gunn, executive director, Citizens for Public Justice, says the blog and book “focus like a laser on the analytical heart of today’s burning issues. I not only enjoy reading Pulpit and Politics. It challenges me to respond to today’s social and religious struggles from deeper, more fervent and prophetic values.”

If you don’t have the book and would like to purchase it for yourself or as a gift for someone else this season, it is easy to do. It is available as an EBook in both the KOBO and KINDLE formats.  

Pulpit and Politics remains available in soft cover. It can be ordered from Alpine Books via telephone

[Toll Free: 1-866-478-2280], or by accessing the ALPINE website. Alpine is prompt about shipping the book.

Pulpit and Politics is also available in soft cover from AMAZON. CA.


Pulpit and Politics, a review by Ron Dart

My recent book book Pulpit and Politics has been reviewed in the Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, an on line publication.  The reviewer is Ron Dart,  a professor in the Department of Philosophy & Politics at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. You will see that he recommends the book and is pleased that it deals with religion as an authentic force in public life, rather than dismissing it out of hand as is commonly done in secular academic analysis. He criticizes me, though, for being soft on religious progressives while being hard on religious conservatives. Also, he disapproves of my describing the current reality in Canada as one of competing religious ideologies, one progressive and the other conservative.  Continue reading Pulpit and Politics, a review by Ron Dart

Pulpit and Politics on CBC Radio


Michael Enright, The Sunday Edition

I was interviewed about my book Pulpit and Politics by two CBC Radio hosts in early January 2012. Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday  Edition talked with former MP Bill Blaikie and me on New Year’s Day. Then on January 7, Wojtek Gwiazda, host of the Radio Canada International’s Masala Canada, interviewed me on a program that is heard in many countries. Click here for an audio file of The Sunday Edition interview, and here for the Radio Canada International heard on Masala Canada.

Gruending book launches in Saskatchewan

Fr. Andrew Britz and Dennis Gruending

I had two recent launches in Saskatchewan for my book Pulpit and Politics.  One of the events was at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, where I was a boarding school student for three years in high school and first year university in the 1960s.  My friend Father Andrew Britz interviewed me about the book prior to a time of questions and comments from the audience.  I have known Father Andrew since my student days and we  collaborated on a book in 2010 called Truth to Power, a collection of his best editorials over the more than 20 years he served as editor of the Prairie Messenger newspaper.  He was an  excellent and courageous journalist and I recommend his book to anyone who thinks and cares about social justice.

Saskatoon event

There was another event on the following evening at St. Andrew’s College College on the University of Saskatchewn campus in Saskatoon.  It was introduced by the college’s principal Lorne Calvert, who is also the former premier of Saskatchewan. I was interviewed regarding the book by Nettie Wiebe, Professor of Church and Society at St. Andrew’s, prior to another lively period of audience discussion.

These were immensely satisfying evenings for me and I thank all of those who attended, despite the cold snap in and around Saskatoon.

130 at Ottawa launch for Pulpit and Politics

Juliet O'Neill and Dennis Gruending (Koozma Tarasoff photo)

 About 130 people attended an Ottawa launch on November 2nd for Dennis Gruending’s new book, Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life. The event took place at Southminster United Church and was co-sponsored by Kingsley Publishing and an Ottawa-based group called Canadians for Democratic Renewal. Veteran journalist Juliet O’Neill, who is now working as a media officer at Oxfam Canada, interviewed Dennis about his book and that was followed by a period of audience questions and comments. Rev. Bill Blaikie, a former long-time Member of Parliament, was a special guest. He has written a new book called The Blaikie Report: An Insider’s Look at Faith and Politics, released by United Church Publishing House. In Ottawa, Pulpit and Politics is available at Brittons magazine stores as 846 Bank Street (at 5th Avenue) or at 352 Richmond Road in Westboro. It can be ordered through Alpine Book Peddlers, toll free 1-866-478-2280. Pulpit and Politics is also available at





Dennis Gruending signs Pulpit and Politics at Brittons

Ted Britton (left) and Dennis Gruending at book signing

I signed copies on November 5th of my new book, Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life, at Brittons magazine store in the Glebe neighbourhood in Ottawa. Brittons has been selling newspapers and magazines in the Glebe since 1966.  Ted Britton, the current owner, took over the business when his father died in 1978. Ted and his store are welcome fixtures in the neighbourhood and in recent years he has added a modestly sized but impressive books’ section. For the interest of people who live in Ottawa, Ted is selling Pulpit and Politics at both of his stores. The address in the Glebe is 846 Bank Street (at 5th Avenue), telephone: 613-237-6116. Ted’s store in Westboro is at 352 Richmond Road, telephone 613-729-0551.


Murray Thomson book excerpt from Pulpit and Politics

Murray Thomson (Koozma Tarasoff photo)

A number of Canadian newspapers have carried an excerpt from my new book Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life. I was asked to choose the excerpt to be used and decided upon a piece that I had written about Murray Thomson, a Quaker and pacifist who was, in his youth, an air force pilot. He says that he became a pacifist on the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. I believe it is especially appropriate as we approach Remembrance Day.  Thomson, who is in his 80s, lives in Ottawa. He has not been well recently and I wish him all the best. You can read the excerpt by clicking HERE:

Post media papers carry Pulpit and Politics interview

Several Post media newspapers carried a question and answer piece on either October 29 or 30 by journalist Paul Gessell with Dennis Gruending  regarding his new book Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life. The newspapers carrying the piece included the Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader Post and Edmonton Journal.  Those papers and a number of others also carried an excerpt from the book.  You can read the Q & A piece HERE.