A History of Anglicanism in Australia
This benchmark work is unlike anything previously attempted. It is the first comprehensive national history of Anglicans in Australia. Anglicanism in Australia is an important contribution to our social history. Its authors have moved beyond biography and histories of...
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This benchmark work is unlike anything previously attempted. It is the first comprehensive national history of Anglicans in Australia.
Anglicanism in Australia is an important contribution to our social history. Its authors have moved beyond biography and histories of individual congregations to create a broad, complex, layered history. They assess Anglicanism's contribution to Australian social, political and cultural life. They explore the processes by which a highly centralised English institution has been reshaped by the environment and experience of this country.
The book begins with a fascinating and thoroughly researched narrative account--which moves from the arrival with the First Fleet of an Anglican chaplain, right through to the 1990s. Along the way it charts, among many other events, the nineteenth-century church buffeted by the pendulum swings of 'state aid'; the nationalistic fervour of wartime, and the political radicalism of the 1960s.
In its second half, Anglicanism in Australia looks at Anglicans dealing with a broad spectrum of issues: the family, questions of gender, Indigenous peoples, the visual arts, the search for a national identity. It acknowledges the wide variety of Anglican views and reveals how regional identity, a powerful force in many other areas of Australian life, has expressed itself both positively and negatively during the past two centuries.
Anglicanism in Australia will be an indispensible research tool for Australian social historians, an invaluable general reference work and, above all, a treasury for those close to the Anglican Church or interested in church history.
"General editor Bruce Kaye has assembled a top team of Australian historians and other experts to probe the many nuances of the Anglican church. That they do so without ducking the issues makes this book an excellent read for both a general audience and those concerned with Australian history." (David Mynton, Campus Review, 17-23 July 2002)
'It would be a pity if it were only Anglicans who were to read this book, for it has much to tell us about religion and Australian society.' - John Rickard, Australian Book Review, September 2002.
432 pages, from Melbourne University Press. - Publisher.
Anglicanism came to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 and the subsequent creation of the Diocese of Australia. The Anglican Church has played an important role in the development of Australian society, through both its institutions and its social exemplification in a community of people. This book traces the history and significance of Anglicanism in its Australian context, through both chronological narrative and an exploration of the relationship between Anglicanism and other themes in Australia's history, such as gender, indigenous Australians, theology, and the arts.
Multi-authored history of Anglicans in Australia that also assesses Anglicanism's contribution to Australian social, political and cultural life. The first half of the volume presents a narrative historical account from the arrival of the First Fleet through to the 1990s. The thematic second half examines Anglicans dealing with a broad range of issues, including the family, questions of gender, Indigenous peoples, the visual arts, and the search for a national identity. Includes notes on contributors, photos, notes, bibliography and index. The volume's general editor, Kaye, is General Secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Australia. His books include 'A Church Without Walls: Being Anglican in Australia'. The associate editors are experienced historians and authors.
Bruce Kaye has been general secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia since 1994. He is currently a trustee of the Anglican Communion Trust, a member of the Inter Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission and the founding editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies. His recent books are Church without Walls: Being Anglican in Australia(1994), Godly Citizens (1999) and Web of Meaning (2000), and he was general editor of the widely acclaimed Anglicanism in Australia: A History (2002). For his significant contribution to Australian Anglicianism Dr Kaye has had a set of essays published in his honour entitled Agendas For Australian Anglicanism.