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The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History

Meredith Lake

The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History

Meredith Lake

$39.99

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Winner - 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award

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.

"From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country."
- Julia Baird

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About "The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History"

Winner - 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award

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.

"From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country."
- Julia Baird
- Koorong

Meet the Author

Meredith Lake

Meredith Lake is a historian of religion, society, and culture in Australia, with a PhD from the University of Sydney. She has published several books as well as articles on Christianity and colonialism, including a prize-winning piece in the Journal of Religious History.

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  • Catalogue Code 507878
  • Product Code 9781742235714
  • ISBN 1742235719
  • EAN 9781742235714
  • Pages 336
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Newsouth Books
  • Publication Date Apr 2018
  • Sales Rank #59
  • Dimensions 234 x 153 mm
  • Weight 0.590kg

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