World War II and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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World War II and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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Document Type

Encyclopedia Entry

Publication Date

2020

Encyclopedia Title

Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists

ISSN

2690-8514

Keywords

World War Two, South Pacific, SDA church, Australia, New Zealand

Abstract

The Second World War had a significant impact on the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, most notably in New Guinea, Papua, and the Solomon Islands, which were the scenes of bitter conflict between Japanese and Allied forces. The Australasian Union Conference (AUC), which administered the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the region, had to respond to restricted travel and tightened finances while simultaneously meeting new demands on its energies and resources. In particular, the church had to negotiate its interaction with state authorities over support for the war effort and compulsory military service, and manage its work in war-affected regions.

Disciplines

Australian Studies | History of the Pacific Islands | Military History | Religion

ANZSRC / FoR Code

210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), 210311 New Zealand History, 210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori), 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

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B1

Field of Education

09 Society and Culture

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Permanent

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Before publication

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

World War II and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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