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A History of the Churches in Australasia

Ian Breward


Distinctive forms of Christianity have emerged in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands since the late eighteenth century. With European and North American roots, they have successfully intermixed with local cultures, despite the influence of the colonizing powers and their missionaries. Pacific Island Christians, both the Melanesians and the Polynesians, have successfully retained a unitive religion and social order, though that was much less possible for Aborigines, Kanaks and Maori, because they were so outnumbered by their colonizers. Protestantism and Roman Catholicism have been ... More

Keywords: Aborigines, Ecumenism, Kanaks, Melanesians, Migration, Orthodoxy, Pluralism, Polynesians, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198263562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Breward, author
Emeritus Professor of Church History, United Faculty of Theology and Senior Fellow in the History Department, University of Melbourne
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