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The Bible in Australia : A cultural history - Meredith Lake

The Bible in Australia

A cultural history

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2018
ISBN: 9781742235714
Number Of Pages: 336

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The revelatory story of the Bible in Australia, from the convict era to the Mabo land rights campaign, Nick Cave, the Bra Boys, and beyond. Thought to be everything from the word of God to a resented imposition, the Bible has been debated, painted, rejected, translated, read, gossiped about, preached, and tattooed.

At a time when public discussion of religion is deeply polarised, Meredith Lake reveals the Bible’s dynamic influence in Australia and offers an innovative new perspective on Christianity and its changing role in our society. In the hands of writers, artists, wowsers, Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, Indigenous activists, and many more – the Bible has played a defining and contested role in Australia.

A must-read for sceptics, the curious, the lapsed, the devout, the believer, and non-believer.

About the Author

Meredith Lake is an historian with a PhD from the University of Sydney, where she has also taught courses in Australian history.




Clearly demonstrates Australia's Christian foundations, and how strongly the Bible and Christian faith featured in our history. Remembering the past is key to understanding who we are. Forgetting it will foster changes in our values and identity for the worse. Eg. Do still believe in giving everyone a fair go? Read and remember why this has been such a great nation.




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Introduction: Under the skinPart 1: Colonial foundations1. In the beginning?2. Indigenous encounters3. God's immigrants?Part 2: The great age of the Bible4. Spreading the Word5. Seeking the good society6. Re-evaluating the textPart 3: Bible and nation7. Advancing Australia Fair8. Politics and the Bible9. War and its aftermathPart 4: A secular Australia?10. The turning point11. Re-imagining Australia12. The Bible in the new millenniumBibliographyNotesIndex

ISBN: 9781742235714
ISBN-10: 1742235719
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd April 2018
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.6