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  Presbyterians in Colonial Victoria
Presbyterians in Colonial Victoria

Our Price: AU$44.00 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 354 pages
Author: M. Wood
Year: 2008
Other Data: b&w photos, sketches, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9781740971546

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: ASP012
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The Presbyterian community in colonial Victoria was close-knit, with a high complement of regular churchgoers. Its 'respectable' leadership strongly influenced a narrow public morality, to a greater extent than its size - sixteen per cent of the population, with much higher proportions of its elite in landed wealth, commerce and politics - would suggest.

In this social and cultural history, Malcolm Wood examines the community's religion and values from a secular, critical perspective. He addresses issues that make most interesting reading today, such as religious intolerance, the impact of biblical criticism, science and 'free-thought' on centuries-old dogma, and the Church's lack of empathy with working class needs and most people's sense of enjoyment.

His use of letter, diaries, memoirs and biographies most effectively distinguishes his book from earlier, dry ecclesiastical histories.

List of Illustrations
 - Presbyterianism in Scotland
 - Identity
 - Australian Context

Part 1: Religion and Values
1. Faith and Worship
 - Popular Belief
 - Piety
 - Prayer and Praise
2. Self-Improvement
 - Character
 - Women's Role
 - Education
3. Inheritance of the Elect
 - 'God's' Earth and Increase'
 - Francis Ormond and Philanthropy
 - Tainted Riches

Part 2: The Institutional Church
4. Development and Growth
 - Pioneers
 - Union and Extension
 - Membership
5. The Clergy
 - Preachers
 - Church Politicians
 - Stewards
6. Relationships
 - Evangelical Community
 - Sectarianism
 - Mission and Race
 - Urban Working Class

Part 3: The Moral Guardian
7. Sin
 - The Ten Commandments
 - Licentiousness
 - Intemperance
8. Church and State
 - State Recognition of Religion
 - Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister
 - Sabbatarianism

Part 4: The Church in Crisis
9. Challenges to Faith
 - 'One Sure Foundation'
 - Science, Rationalism and Secularism
10. The Strong Case
 - Clerical Adversaries
 - 'Worried Away'
 - Schism Averted


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