Reason, religion and the Australian polity : a secular state? / Stephen A. Chavura, John Gascoigne and Ian Tregenza.
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
- Routledge studies in modern British history; 49.
Routledge studies in modern history ; 49
xi, 296 pages ; 24 cm.
- Church and state -- Australia.
Religious pluralism -- Australia.
Secularism -- Australia.
Australia -- Religion.
Australia -- Politics and government.
Church and state.
Politics and government.
- "How did the concept of the secular state emerge and evolve in Australia and how has it impacted on its institutions? This is the most comprehensive study to date on the relationship between religion and the state in Australian history, focusing on the meaning of political secularity in a society that was from the beginning marked by a high degree of religious plurality. This book tracks the rise and fall of the established Church of England, the transition to plural establishments, the struggle for a public Christian-secular education system, and the eventual separation of church and state throughout the colonies. The study is unique in that it does not restrict its concern with religion to the churches but also examines how religious concepts and ideals infused apparently secular political and social thought and movements making the case that much Australian thought and institution building has had a sacral-secular quality. Social welfare reform, nationalism, and emerging conceptions of citizenship and civilization were heavily influenced by religious ideals, rendering problematic traditional linear narratives of secularisation as the decline of religion. Finally the book considers present day pluralist Australia and new understandings of state secularity in light of massive social changes over recent generations"-- Provided by publisher.
- Foundations: church and state in Ancien Régime Britain
The brief rise and fall of the Australian colonial established church
The coming of plural establishment
The separation of church and state
Education, religion, and citizenship
A secular constitution? The Federation debates
The moral economy of the early Australian commonwealth
Civil religion: from civic Protestantism to the Anzac tradition
Citizenship, the nation, and religion
Christian Australia: resurgence and retreat
Culture, gender, sexuality: dechristianising the secular?
Conclusion: beyond the secular-religion divide
Beyond the secular-religion Divide.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Gascoigne, John, 1951- author.
Tregenza, Ian, author.
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