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The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia - James Jupp

The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia

By: James Jupp (Editor)


Published: 10th September 2009
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Australia is a country rich in religious diversity. While constitutionally-speaking Australia is a secular society, waves of immigration over its short history have had a large impact on its religious and cultural make-up.

The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia is the first major work of reference to describe the beliefs, practices and organisation of religion in Australia.

It examines religion in several different ways: historical development, belief systems and controversies, as well as the social role each faith plays in modern Australian society.

This comprehensive volume includes entries on indigenous spirituality, Scientology, hillsong, and atheism, and features all of the major religions.

Richly illustrated, it includes a section dedicated to current debates and issues in modern-day Australia, such as the place of religion in politics, fundamentalism, religious education and social cohesion.

About the Author

James Jupp is the Director of the Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies at the Australian National University.



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    List of Contributors ix
    Chronology xiii
    Preface xxi
    Introduction p. 1
    An historical outline of religion in Australia p. 5
    Defining religion and spirituality p. 22
    The social role of religion p. 28
    Time, place and social status p. 41
    Ethnic variety and origins p. 53
    Religion In Australia A-Z p. 69
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander religions p. 69
    Anglican Catholic Church p.118
    Anglicans p.120
    Anthroposophy p.155
    Armenian Christianity in Australia p.156
    The Assemblies of God in Australia/Australian Christian Churches p.157
    Assyrian Churches in Australia p.162
    Atheism in Australia p.164
    The Australian Church p.166
    The Baha'i faith p.168
    Baptists p.171
    Bretheren in Australia p.180
    Buddhists p.182
    Catch the Fire p.214
    Catholic Apostolic Church p.215
    Catholics p.216
    Chinese Christians in Australia p.284
    Chinese religions in Australia p.287
    Christadelphians p.291
    Christian Israelites p.292
    Christian Science p.293
    Churches of Christ in Australia p.295
    Congregationalists p.299
    Coptic Orthodox Church p.304
    Druze in Australia p.312
    The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church p.314
    Evangelical Christianity in Australia p.317
    Hare Krishnas p.323
    Hillsong and the mega-churches p.325
    Hindu beliefs, practices and life in Australia p.329
    Hutterites and Anabaptists p.340
    Jehovah's Witnesses p.342
    Jews p.345
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) in Australia p.375
    The Liberal Catholic Church p.380
    Lutherans p.382
    Mandaeans p.400
    Methodists p.404
    Molokans p.415
    Moravians p.417
    Muslims p.418
    Church of Nazarene p.470
    Orthodox p.472
    Other Orthodox Churches in Australia p.511
    Pacific Islander Churches p.513
    Paganism an Wicca in Australia p.515
    Pentecostals p.516
    Presbyterians p.523
    Quakers in Australia p.546
    Ratana p.550
    The Reformed Churches p.551
    Russian Old Believers p.553
    Salvationists p.554
    Satanists p.560
    Scientologists in Australia p.561
    Seventh Day Adventists p.563
    Sikhs in Australia p.566
    Spiritualists p.571
    Swedenborgians (New Church) p.575
    The Templers in Australia p.577
    Theosophy p.578
    Unitarians p.581
    Uniting Church p.582
    Wesleyan Methodists p.592
    Zoroastrians p.594
    Other Australian Religions p.569
    Belief and disbelief p.602
    Relgion, state and politics in Australia p.608
    Religion and politics in Australia - a Catholic perspective p.621
    Ecumenical and multifaith Australia p.633
    Fundamentalism in modern society p.639
    Religion, immigration and refugees p.645
    Religion, media and cultural diversity p.655
    Non-Christian religions in Australia p.663
    Religious school systems p.668
    Religious diversity and social cohesion in Australia p.677
    Welfare work and charitable organisations p.685
    Women and religion p.695
    Australian young people and religion p.712
    Bibliography for significant religious groups in Australia p.718
    Index p.759
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    ISBN: 9780521864077
    ISBN-10: 0521864070
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 799
    Published: 10th September 2009
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 25.654 x 20.32  x 5.588
    Weight (kg): 2.041