Charles Strong


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(1844–1942), born and educated in Scotland, was the Presbyterian minister appointed to Melbourne's Scots Church in 1875. Formally charged with heresy because of his liberal theological views, he resigned and returned to Scotland. However, in 1884 he returned to Melbourne and founded the Australian Church, through which he espoused his vision of a loving rather than a punitive God. Strong's commitment to social justice and peace found expression in his work on the Council of the Working Men's College, and in his anti-conscription stand in 1917 as well as in the social mission of his church. His published works include Christianity Reinterpreted and Other Sermons (1894). The Australian Church was dissolved in 1957. wrote The Reverend Charles Strong and the Australian Church (1971).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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