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The Bible in Australia


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Under the skin
  • Part 1: Colonial foundations
  • 1. In the beginning?
  • 2. Indigenous encounters
  • 3. God's immigrants?
  • Part 2: The great age of the Bible
  • 4. Spreading the Word
  • 5. Seeking the good society
  • 6. Re-evaluating the text
  • Part 3: Bible and nation
  • 7. Advancing Australia Fair
  • 8. Politics and the Bible
  • 9. War and its aftermath
  • Part 4: A secular Australia?
  • 10. The turning point
  • 11. Re-imagining Australia
  • 12. The Bible in the new millennium
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index

About the Author

Meredith Lake is a historian of religion, society and culture in Australia, with a PhD from the University of Sydney. She is the author of a highschoolers' guide to The Bible Down Under (2016), and a study in social welfare from the Great Depression to the present, Faith in Action: Hammond Care (UNSW Press, 2013). She has also written articles on Christianity and colonialism, including a prize-winning piece in the Journal of Religious History.


2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year

"The Bible in Australia is an unpretentious title for a remarkable book, and yet it is accurate enough. The Bible has been an ever-present aspect of life in Australia for 230 years, but no one has ever thought through its profound importance before." - Alan Atkinson, Australian Book Review

"Stunning, refreshing and original." - Julia Baird

"From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country." - Julia Baird

"Vivid story-telling and impossible to put down. Meredith Lake brings the Bible's chameleon-like presence in Australia's past alive. At last, this long-neglected yet profoundly important aspect of Australian history has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement." - Mark McKenna

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