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Charting the Faith of Australians: 30 Years in the Christian Research Association

Hughes, Philip J. (2016) Charting the Faith of Australians: 30 Years in the Christian Research Association. Christian Research Association, Nunawading. 172pp. ISBN 9781875223848

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    Abstract

    The last 50 years have seen more rapid change than at any time in human history. Changes in technology have changed every aspect of life: from contraception to computation, from communication to community formation. These changes have affected the ways in which Australians have sought meaning in their lives, from the fulfilment of duty to the maximisation of subjective wellbeing. They have affected deeply the role that religion has played in life with the focus moving from the preservation of tradition to personal spirituality.

    Over the past 30 years, the Christian Research Association has charted these changes. It has done so through the examination of census and survey data and through interviews with thousands of individuals. It has examined these changes in youth culture and rural culture and has explored the impact of migration and the rise of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. It has suggested ways in which churches and schools might respond to these changes.

    Part 1 of this book tells the story of these changes and how the Christian Research Association has charted them. Part 2 contains contributions from various researchers discussing how the Christian Research Association has served the churches. Part 3 explores some extensions of and parallels to the work of the Christian Research Association in relation to religious institutions, migration and other research.

    The story told in this book is a personal story for Dr Philip Hughes, the senior research officer of the Christian Research Association from 1985 to 2016. But it is also a story of global significance as Christian and other religious institutions grapple with changes to their place in society and their roles in changing perceptions of life.

    Item Type: Books / Monographs
    Repository Version: Metadata Only
    Keywords (separated by commas): Faith, Australian, Christian Research Association
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 13:50
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 13:50
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2574

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