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Attending to the National Soul

Evangelical Christians In Australian History, 1914-2014

Stuart Piggin Robert D Linder

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Monash University Publishing
01 December 2019
Australasian & Pacific history; Religion & beliefs; Other Nonconformist & Evangelical Churches
*Shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award* Following on from The Fountain of Public Prosperity, the acclaimed historical account of Australian evangelical Christianity in the period preceding the First World War, in this major new contribution Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder tell the story of how Australian evangelical Christians responded to the decline of the British empire and to the expanding international reach of their religious mission and beliefs, of how these Christians reacted to the challenges of secularism, and of how they have sought to 'attend to the national soul': sensitising the national conscience and helping to shape the national consciousness.

The authors offer an extensive treatment of evangelical involvement in the First and Second World Wars, and in the wars in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan. They consider Alan Walker and Billy Graham and the development of an energetic evangelism more calculated to address global fears and personal anxieties. And they show that although, by the beginning of the twenty-first century, the movement had trifurcated into conservative, progressive and Pentecostal branches, each had learned the necessity of bringing a prophetic ministry to bear on social issues in order to achieve greater engagement with the wider society.

This ambitious study seeks to recognise the influence of 'the public opening up of the word of Christ to the world', 'to tell the truth about his influence' on Australia's social and cultural history, and to show that, in spite of secularism's success in marginalising faith, evangelical Christianity continues to be as much a public ethic as a personal credo.

'There has probably never been a better history of evangelical traditions in a single country.' - Mark Noll, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 'Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder discuss the impact of this vibrant interdenominational movement on Australia with clarity, authority and critical sympathy.' - David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling 'A great achievement and one that will help over time to change the way Australian history is written.' - Wayne Hudson, Professor in Australian Studies, Australian National University
By:   Stuart Piggin, Robert D Linder
Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9781925835366
ISBN 10:   1925835367
Pages:   680
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Conjoint Associate Professor Stuart Piggin was Director of the Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience at Macquarie University (200516) and Head of the Department of Christian Thought of the Australian College of Theology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Religious History Association of Australia and was the foundation President of the Evangelical History Association of Australia. He lectured in Religious History in the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney 19741990 and was Master of Robert Menzies College at Macquarie University, 19902004. He has written over 100 articles for academic journals and seven books. Robert D. Linder is the Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and an acknowledged authority on modern religious history. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and more than one hundred articles in history and religion journals. He has visited Australia each year since arriving on a Fulbright scholarship in 1987, and through the Evangelical History Association of Australia, of which he was a founder, and through many seminars and courses he has taught in universities across Australia, he has made a major contribution to Australian religious history.

Reviews for Attending to the National Soul: Evangelical Christians In Australian History, 1914-2014

There has probably never been a better history of evangelical traditions in a single country. -- Mark Noll, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder discuss the impact of this vibrant interdenominational movement on Australia with clarity, authority and critical sympathy. -- David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling A great achievement and one that will help over time to change the way Australian history is written. -- Wayne Hudson, Professor in Australian Studies, Australian National University


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