Research Repository

University Crest

'Of things beyond us as we are': Tom Stannage and Faith in Australian History

Massam, Katharine (2015) 'Of things beyond us as we are': Tom Stannage and Faith in Australian History. Studies in Western Australian History , 29. pp. 131-141. ISSN 978-0-9944419-0-4 / 0314-7525

Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (194kB)


With a focus on C.T. Stannage’s urban social history The People of Perth (1979), the article explores Stannage’s treatment of religion in Western Australian history, and related questions of faith and vocation in academic life. It sets Stannage’s social history with its emphasis on the dynamics of power in conversation with liberation theology, and argues that Stannage saw history as a tool for social transformation. An ontological understanding of history as vocation had little to do with the history of religion in conventional terms, but it sharpens our awareness of theological strands in Stannage’s writing, his treatment of the churches, including in particular the social power of Anglicanism, and the meditative and metaphorical approaches in both writing and teaching.Stannage’s interest in transcendent values and virtues was reflected in his conviction that knowledge could not be commodified, but that it would change people. He held that faithful engagement with the stories of the past opened new horizons, empowered genuine research questions, and refined perspectives.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: C.T. Stannage; West Australian history, Australian historiography, Anglican church, teaching history,
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Katharine Massam
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 03:08
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 03:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1633

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...