Attending to the National Soul

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

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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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 170 x 230 x 43.18mm | 600g
  • Clayton, VIC, Australia
  • English
  • 1925835367
  • 9781925835366
  • 1,060,278

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"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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About Stuart Piggin

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.
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