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A History of the Australian Churches - Ian Breward

A History of the Australian Churches

Paperback Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9781863734462
Number Of Pages: 312

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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.


Illustrations, maps and charts


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





ISBN: 9781863734462
ISBN-10: 1863734465
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st November 1993
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1