From Missions to Churches

Ian Breward

in A History of the Churches in Australasia

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198263562
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600418 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 From Missions to Churches

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British and French missions and colonization were closely related. The pace of Christianization varied, for Pacific Islanders and Aborigines were not just passive recipients, but actively sought advantages from conversion and formed adjustment cults. As migration increased, settler churches were formed. Lay participation was stronger than in their homelands. Resistance to the principle of establishment was considerable, though government subsidies to churches were important in certain Australian colonies.

Keywords: Aborigines; adjustment cults; Christianization; colonization; establishment; laity; missions; Pacific Islanders

Chapter.  21110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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