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By Tom Frame

ISBN-10: 0868409162

ISBN-13: 9780868409160

Few Australians detect that the structure doesn't officially separate Church and country. Tom body argues that a few touch among equipped faith and executive is either inevitable and, in a few situations, hugely fascinating. yet there are carrying on with and pointless tensions, for which Christians are principally in charge. This ebook explores the character of the tensions, and the way to accommodate them.

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The Church of Wales (the legislation was passed in 1914 and took effect in 1920). There was a general desire for a return to the pre-Constantine separation of church and state. In a series of lectures delivered in 1910, the eminent British historian Walter Hobhouse remarked: Long ago I came to believe that the great change in the relations between the Church and the world which began with the conversion of Constantine is not only a decisive turning point in Church history but is also the key to many of the practical difficulties of the present day, and that the Church of the future is destined more and more to return to the condition of things somewhat like that which prevailed in the ante-Nicene Church; that is to say, that instead of pretending to be coextensive with the world it will confess itself to be a Church of the minority, will accept a position involving a more conscious antagonism with the world, and will, in return, gain in some measure its former coherence.

But Madison’s supporters wanted a federal counterpart to the prohibitions on establishment in state legislation. They feared the day when one group might be able to establish a national religion and demand payment of monies to support their activities. Madison could see their point. But he also warned of the damage done to religious faith by establishment in noting that: experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of religion, have had a contrary operation.

Notwithstanding this interference, most churches strived to retain their independence and autonomy, and to speak and act prophetically against the excesses of the state both at home and abroad. As with wars in the Sudan (1885), South Africa (1899–1902), China (1900–01) and in Europe (1914–18), the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 created a common national cause which brought together church and state in Australia. Echoing depictions of the first world war as a holy struggle against German apostasy and its distorted quasi-religious view of the state, the second world war of 1939–45 was portrayed as steadfast resistance to state-sponsored tyranny and the moral evils of National Socialism.

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