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Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity


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Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Introduction The Secular over Time A Christian Secular State? The Structure of the Argument PART I FROM ANGLICAN ESTABLISHMENT TO LIBERAL SEPARATIONISM 1 Foundations: Church and State in Ancien Regime Britain From Toleration to Pluralism Religion, Enlightenment, and Utility 2 The Brief Rise and Fall of the Australian Colonial Established Church Governor Macquarie and Religion Bishop Broughton in Defence of the Ancien Regime The Seeds of Pluralism 3 The Coming of Plural Establishment Richard Bourke and the Church Acts The Schools Question-Education and the State Resistance to Plural Establishment-The Old Order Fights Back The Pluralist Settlement Pluralism beyond Christianity Conclusion PART II FORGING THE SECULAR 4 The Separation of Church and State The Victory for Voluntaryism in South Australia Hyper-Protestant and Broad Church Approaches to the Church-State Question in NSW: Lang and Woolley Abolition of State Aid in NSW and Tasmania A Secular State in Victoria? Conclusion 5 Education, Religion, and Citizenship Secular Architects: Lowe, Rusden, Wilkins, and Higinbotham Disbelief in the Colonies Religion and the Secular Education Acts Conclusion 6 A Secular Constitution? The Federation Debates The Recognition Clause State Debates on a Recognition Clause The Religious Freedom Clause Conclusion PART III MIGRATIONS OF THE HOLY: ON THE SACRED ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL LIFE 7 The Moral Economy of the Early Australian Commonwealth Religion, Socialism, and Factory Legislation The Critique of Contract and the Living Wage-Neo-medievalism or Advanced Liberalism? The Moral Commonwealth-Secular or Sacred? Conclusion 8 Civil Religion: From Civic Protestantism to the Anzac Tradition Civic Protestantism and the Theology of Empire Nation, Empire and the Sacred: From Empire Day to Anzac Day Conclusion 9 Citizenship, the Nation, and Religion Idealism, the Broad Church, and the Moral Foundations of Citizenship Citizenship, Gender and the Public Sphere: The Role of Protestant Women Sacral-Secular Citizenship and the Social Order between the Wars Conclusion PART IV THE SHIFTING TERRAIN OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR: FROM THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT 10 Christian Australia: Resurgence and Retreat Defending 'Christian Civilisation': The Second World War and the 1950s Religious Renewal Secularism, Conflict and the 'Servile State': John Anderson and his Influence Catholics, Secularism and the 'Free Society' The Return of State Aid Conclusion 11 Culture, Gender, Sexuality: Dechristianising the Secular? The Coming of the Cultural Revolution: Feminism and Gay Liberation Royal Commission on Human Relationships 1974-77 Culture and Identity The Howard Years Sectarianism in a Secular Age: The Culture Wars Conclusion Conclusion: Beyond the Secular-Religion Divide Bibliography Index

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Stephen A. Chavura is an independent scholar who lectures in history at Campion College, Sydney Ian Tregenza is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Australia John Gascoigne is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities, University of New South Wales

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