Reason, religion, and the Australian polity: a secular state?

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...

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Published in:Routledge studies in modern history
Authors: Chavura, Stephen A.; Gascoigne, John 1951-; Tregenza, Ian
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY Routledge 2019
In:Routledge studies in modern history
Reviews:[Rezension von: Chavura, Stephen A., Reason, religion, and the Australian polity] (2021) (Deagon, Alex)
Series/Journal:Routledge studies in modern history Volume 49
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Australia / State / Church / Secularism
Further subjects:B Collection of essays
B Religious Pluralism (Australia)
B Secularism (Australia)
B Australia Religion
B Australia Politics and government
B Church and state (Australia)
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Summary: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.
"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"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:113860318X