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From Anglican Gaol To Religious Pluralism: Re-Casting Anglican Views Of Church And State In Australia

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The convict colony of New South Wales was established at a time when Great Britain was a Protestant nation with an established episcopal church in England, which held significant state power. This chapter considers the contemporary relationship between church and state in Australia in the light of the country's origins as an Anglican gaol. It discusses about the value of the categories "church" and "state" in dealing with the present social and religious conditions in Australia. Considerable research has been done on social values, but there has been less said about the social institutions which express and sustain those values. Anglicans represent a useful study of the changes in the character of religion in Australia which directly affect notions of church and state. The chapter briefs a recasting of the categories and a more systematic and nuanced idea of institutions.

Keywords: Anglican gaol; Australia; church; Great Britain; state



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