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


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Roman Catholicism emerged as the largest denomination in the region, while Protestant dominance was seriously weakened by a variety of factors. The 1960s and 1970s were a time of significant transition and modernization. Migration brought the great world religions to the region, along with multiculturalism, challenging the exclusive faith claims of the churches. Regional Christianity has developed distinctive features of toleration, compassion, concern for social justice, missionary energy and a democratic spirit.

Keywords: migration; modernization; multiculturalism; orthodoxy; pluralism; Protestant; regional identity; Roman Catholicism

Chapter.  7507 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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