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Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia: Hallelujah under the Southern Cross

O'Brien, Glen (2018) Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia: Hallelujah under the Southern Cross. Routledge Methodist Studies . Routledge, New York. 242pp. ISBN 978-0-8153-9320-7

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Abstract

Most Wesleyan-Holiness churches started in the US, developing out of the Methodist roots of the nineteenth-century Holiness Movement. The American origins of the Holiness movement have been charted in some depth, but there is currently little detail on how it developed outside of the US. This book seeks to redress this imbalance by giving a history of North American Wesleyan-Holiness churches in Australia, from their establishment in the years following the Second World War, as well as of The Salvation Army, which has nineteenth-century British origins. It traces the way some of these churches moved from marginalised sects to established denominations, while others remained small and isolated.

Looking at The Church of God (Anderson), The Church of God (Cleveland), The Church of the Nazarene, The Salvation Army, and The Wesleyan Methodist Church in Australia, the book argues two main points. Firstly, it shows that rather than being American imperialism at work, these religious expressions were a creative partnership between like-minded evangelical Christians from two modern nations sharing a general cultural similarity and set of religious convictions. Secondly, it demonstrates that it was those churches that showed the most willingness to be theologically flexible, even dialling down some of their Wesleyan distinctiveness, that had the most success.

This is the first book to chart the fascinating development of Holiness churches in Australia. As such, it will be of keen interest to scholars of Wesleyans and Methodists, as well as religious history and the sociology of religion more generally.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Wesleyan churches, Holiness churches, Methodist studies, Australian religious history,Holiness movement
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: 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)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: EBC: Eva Burrows College
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Depositing User: Rev Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 03:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 03:14
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3117

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