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A History of the Churches of Australasia
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A History of the Churches of Australasia

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Oxford University Press 2001

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Overview

This pioneering study of Christianity in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, opens up new perspectives on Christianization and modernization in this richly complex region. The reception of Christianity into Pacific cultures has produced strongly Christian societies. Based on research in widely scattered archives, this book not only deals with regional interactions but pays careful attention to developments in microstates and to the variety of indigenous religious movements, which were earlier regarded as deviations from Christian orthodoxy but are now seen as significant adaptations of Christian teaching. In Australia and New Zealand, European Christian beginnings have been given local emphases, producing Churches with distinctive identities.

Ian Breward emphasizes lay leadership—not only in the Churches but as part of the Christian presence in the realms of politics, business, and culture. The broad liturgical, theological, constitutional, and pastoral developments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are mapped to show the striking changes which have taken place since the 1960s. The dynamics of religious change and conflict, the ambiguities of religious authority, and the destructive effects of Christian colonialism on indigenous communities, especially Australian aborigines, are all dealt with frankly.

Breward explores the decline of the institutional impact of the churches in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the growth of partnership between government and Churches in education, social welfare, and overseas aid and development. Interchange in personnel and ideas is strikingly illustrated in the missionary activities of the regional Churches and their cultural impact.

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Key Features

  • Explores new perspectives on Christianization and modernization in Australasia
  • Unpacks the decline of the institutional impact of the churches in Australia and New Zealand
  • Discusses the growth of partnership between government and Churches

Contents

  • From Missions to Churches
  • Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830’s to the 1870’s
  • The Making of Christian Societies
  • New Opportunities for Mission and Service
  • Wars and Depression
  • Creating New Societies
  • Searching for Credibility

Praise for the Print Edition

A work which makes intelligible and accessible a great variety of scholarship . . . It will clearly be the standard work on the subject for years to come.

Colloquium

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About Ian Breward

Ian Breward is emeritus professor of church history and senior fellow in the history department at the University of Melbourne.

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