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Wars and Depression

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263562.003.0005

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Wars and Depression

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The two World Wars profoundly affected the region and its churches, as did the consequences of the great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. Sectarianism began to decline, but Protestant and Roman Catholic subcultures were still very influential. Protestant denominational commitment was slowly declining and various remedies were offered to regain credibility, some of which were divisive, like Socialism and Liberalism. Pacific Island churches were breaking out of their missionary structures, just as some women were rejecting their exclusion from government and leadership in the churches.

Keywords: Depression; Liberalism; Protestant; Roman Catholic; sectarianism; socialism; women; world wars

Chapter.  23556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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