Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830S to the 1870s

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

 Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830S to the 1870s

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Denominations played an important part in the construction of colonial societies. Colonial education, health care, social welfare, the press, philanthropy, and politics were all shaped by Christian influences. Sectarianism was a distorting factor throughout the region, but was used by some Melanesians and Polynesians to their own advantage. Islanders created their own kinds of Christian society, while settler churches established new kinds of governance and ministry to cope with the constraints of distance and isolation.

Keywords: denominations; education; governance; Melanesians; ministry; philanthropy; politics; Polynesians; sectarianism; social Welfare

Chapter.  20837 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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