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A History of the Churches in Australasia$
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Ian Breward

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198263562.001.0001

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Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830S to the 1870s

Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830S to the 1870s

(p.65) 2 Organizing Christian Churches from the 1830S to the 1870s
A History of the Churches in Australasia

Ian Breward (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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