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L That the new president should choose to affirm so forcefully the centrality of religion was not surprising. Falconer had been trained as a Presbyterian minister, and although he had never occupied the pulpit of the regular ministry, he had spent much of his career teaching in the theological colleges of the Presbyterian Church. ' Falconer's insistenceon the centrality of Christian belief and the moral basis of education in a modem university was reinforced by his continued concern for the supremacy of the liberal artsin an age of science and specialization.
2 Robert Falconer's forceful articulation of the cultural supremacy of Christian belief and liberal education in the context of a university environment ostensibly devoted to specialization and professionalization compels us to question the supposed dominance of the research ideal3over the older moral concerns of college education. His address also raises a number of important issues concerning the relationship of Protestant religion and English Canadian culture. President Falconer delivered his inaugural address at a critical juncture, at the very point where many Protestant clergymen and their congregationswere attempting to define the relationship of their traditional creed to the social problems attendant upon rapid industrialization.
18 By 1900 such views had been revised under the impact of evolutionary interpretations of human behaviour and society and researches in sociology and archaeology. There emerged among classicists like S. H. 19 This balance of progress and stability, the belief that Greek avilization rested upon a "ordered liberty" which harmonized the commitment to rational freedom with reverence for the past, was distilled into a volume of Butcher's lectures entitled Some Aspects of the Greek Genius, published in 1891, Falconer's last year at Edinburgh?