A History of the Australian Churches

Ian Breward
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A History of the Australian Churches is the first general history about the role of churches in Australian society. It offers a balanced and thoughtful historical analysis of how the Christian churches have shaped and been shaped by a number of key issues, and breaks new ground in comparing denominations and setting the development of Aboriginal and Islander Christianity in context.

Although there is a popular understanding that Australia is a secular society, religion and the churches have played a critical historical role in the shaping of the nation.

A History of the Australian Churches is the first general history about the role of churches in Australian society. This is a broad canvas covering all of the Australian states and territories. It offers a balanced and thoughtful historical analysis of how the Christian churches have shaped and been shaped by a number of key issues including church-state relations; the churches and education; responses to the stubborn secularity of Australia; and the search for a distinctive Australian Christianity.

This book deals with theological, liturgical and constitutional changes in the major churches and relates them to changes in Australian history. It breaks new ground in comparing denominations - Protestant, Roman Catholic and the Orthodox - as well as setting the development of Aboriginal and Islander Christianity in context.

Author bio:

Professor Ian Breward teaches history at the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne and is a senior associate of the History Department at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Most Godless Place Under Heaven.

Category: Religion
ISBN: 9781863734462
Awards: Short-listed Australian Christian Book of the Year 1994 AU
Table Of Contents: Preface

Illustrations, maps and charts

Acknowledgments


1 Exploring origins

2 Chaplaincy to churches

3 Alternative visions

4 Plural establishments

5 Migrant churches adapt

6 Educating for social unity

7 Colonial secularity

8 Federation and the churches

9 Challenges of nationhood

10 The great migrations

11 From assimilation to multiculturalism

12 Re-examining foundations

13 Decline and renewal

14 Discerning the spirit in Australian society

15 Conclusion

Appendix: Religious affiliations

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 1993
Page Extent: 312
Format: Paperback
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Religion & beliefs