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Attending to the National Soul: 1914-2014 (#02 in Evangelical Christians In Australian History Series)

Hardback|Oct 2019
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Shortlisted for 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year A fascinating sequel to 2019's Australian Christian Book of the Year, which the judges described as "a seminal and epic contribution to Australian Christian history, thoroughly researched, deeply insightful and...


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Shortlisted for 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year

A fascinating sequel to 2019's Australian Christian Book of the Year, which the judges described as "a seminal and epic contribution to Australian Christian history, thoroughly researched, deeply insightful and a pleasure to read."



The 'vital religion' generated by the Evangelical Revival of the Eighteenth Century and which did so much to shape the British Empire in general and the Australian colonies in particular is the subject of The Fountain of Public Prosperity, the first volume of this revisionist study of Australian history. The three major themes of the current volume - the transition of the evangelical movement in the twentieth century from spiritual empire to an antipodean Christendom; the capacity of evangelicals to attend to the conscience and consciousness of the Australian soul; and the interaction of evangelical Christianity with secularism - also invite fresh readings of the national history.

The extensive treatment of evangelical involvement in World Wars I and II and in the wars in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, constitutes one of the most comprehensive treatments yet written of evangelicals and of war. Harsh reality forged major changes in the evangelical movement here understood as 'culturally adaptive biblical experientialism'. Moving on from the quietism of pietism and the optimism of postmillennialism, evangelicals forged a sturdier apologetic enabling them to defend the Gospel intellectually. They also embraced, with the help of Alan Walker and Billy Graham, an energetic evangelism more calculated to address global fears and personal anxieties. By the beginning of the 21st century, the movement had trifurcated into conservative, progressive and Pentecostal branches. But each had learned the necessity of bringing a prophetic ministry to bear on social issues in order to achieve greater engagement with the wider society.

Evangelical Christianity, a reformist movement seeking to make individuals and society 'more Christian', seized opportunities to resist rampant secularisation. There was the spiritual opportunity in 1959 with the phenomenally successful Billy Graham crusades; the cultural opportunity in the 1970s, unleashed by Gough Whitlam's 'new nationalism' when the 'Jesus people' sought to forge a way for the faith outside the mainstream churches; the political opportunity of the first decade of the 21st century when prime ministers on both sides of the political divide supported the interdependence of church and state in the delivery of social welfare and the definition of national values.

This ambitious study seeks to recognise the influence of 'the public opening up of the word of Christ to the world' and 'to tell the truth about his influence' on Australia's social and cultural history. At the beginning of the 21st century, in spite of secularism's success in marginalising faith, evangelical Christianity continues to be as much a public ethic as a personal credo.

The previous volume in this series, The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740-1914 by Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder is the 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year.

*Shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award* Following on from The Fountain of Public Prosperity, the acclaimed historical account of Australian evangelical Christianity in the period preceding the First World War, in this major new contribution Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder tell the story of how Australian evangelical Christians responded to the decline of the British empire and to the expanding international reach of their religious mission and beliefs, of how these Christians reacted to the challenges of secularism, and of how they have sought to 'attend to the national soul': sensitising the national conscience and helping to shape the national consciousness. The authors offer an extensive treatment of evangelical involvement in the First and Second World Wars, and in the wars in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan. They consider Alan Walker and Billy Graham and the development of an energetic evangelism more calculated to address global fears and personal anxieties. And they show that although, by the beginning of the twenty-first century, the movement had trifurcated into conservative, progressive and Pentecostal branches, each had learned the necessity of bringing a prophetic ministry to bear on social issues in order to achieve greater engagement with the wider society. This ambitious study seeks to recognise the influence of 'the public opening up of the word of Christ to the world', 'to tell the truth about his influence' on Australia's social and cultural history, and to show that, in spite of secularism's success in marginalising faith, evangelical Christianity continues to be as much a public ethic as a personal credo. 'There has probably never been a better history of evangelical traditions in a single country.' - Mark Noll, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 'Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder discuss the impact of this vibrant interdenominational movement on Australia with clarity, authority and critical sympathy.' - David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling 'A great achievement and one that will help over time to change the way Australian history is written.' - Wayne Hudson, Professor in Australian Studies, Australian National University
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 531157
  • Product Code 9781925835366
  • ISBN 1925835367
  • EAN 9781925835366
  • Pages 680
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Monash University Publishing
  • Publication Date Oct 2019
  • Sales Rank 19913
  • Dimensions 240 x 160 x 37mm
  • Weight 1.115kg

Stuart Piggin

Stuart Piggin is a Fellow in the School of History, Philosophy and Politics at Macquarie University, and Master at Robert Menzies College.

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