Creating New Societies

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

 Creating New Societies

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The 1950s and 1960s were a time of great expansion and optimism for the churches of the region. New kinds of architecture, education, theology, and music reflected economic and social changes that were creating a climate of pluralism and individuality, reinforced by the coming of television and the expansion of secondary and university education.

Vatican II and Protestant ecumenism and the roles of women changed church relations and Pentecostalism helped to reshape worship and piety. Pacific Island churches became self‐governing, as did their island groups, while adjustment cults underlined the religious creativity of Melanisians.

Keywords: adjustment cults; ecumenism; individualism; Melanesians; Pentecostalism; pluralism; television; Vatican II; women

Chapter.  22950 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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