Title

Religion (Australia)

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Arts

Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Date

1-7-2019

Publication Details

This creative work was originally published as:

Reynaud, D. (2019). Religion (Australia). In U. Daniel, P. Gatrell, O. Janz, H. Jones, J. Keene, A. Kramer, & B. Nasson (Eds.), 1914-1918 online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Retrieved from https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/religion_australia

DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11328

ANZSRC / FoR Code

210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Avondale Research Centre

Spirituality and Worship Research Centre

Abstract

Christian churches in Australia were largely supportive of the war effort, seeing God and Empire in the same light. They promoted conscription, as well as various war charities, but became embroiled in the divisive conscription referenda, which exacerbated the profound sectarianism of Australia. Among the Australian troops, chaplains provided well-received support, both spiritual and material, supplemented by the activities of both the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and by Christian soldiers among the ranks. Observers noted an understated religious engagement present in Australian soldiers, beneath a veneer of religious indifference.

Comments

This is an open access publication made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial No-Derivatives Germany 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/de/deed.en_GB

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