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By Tom Frame

Few Australians observe that the structure doesn't officially separate Church and country. Tom body argues that a few touch among geared up faith and govt is either inevitable and, in a few conditions, hugely fascinating. yet there are carrying on with and pointless tensions, for which Christians are principally liable. This publication explores the character of the tensions, and the way to house them.

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47 CHAPTER 3 Whose wall? T he evolution of church–state relations in Australia reflects broad trends discernable elsewhere in the western world. Following European settlement in 1788, the pioneering clergy were a succession of Anglicans. They enjoyed substantial privileges from the state. They presumed this flowed from the Church of England being formally established throughout the expanding empire. But was the Anglican Church ever “established” in Australia? ” Dixon went on to explain that with time it was regarded as no longer being established although the progressive steps in its change of status were neither clear nor obvious.

In these dire circumstances the churches looked to the state to preserve the personal freedoms and individual liberties that underscored religious life and worship. ” It was the existence of perverted views of the state that had again led to war. And yet, the churches had little new to say about the nature of political community or international statecraft. In the immediate post-1945 period, the churches played a leading role in the continuing trend towards multilateralism that led to the steadily increasing influence of the United Nations.

The number of people who belonged to churches as a proportion of the population steadily decreased during the 1960s while the level of participation in worship began to decline. Just as the churches may have felt less of a need for state sanction or sponsorship, many states believed they could ignore the churches. After all, they represented a substantially reduced element of the population. As humanist ideology overtook religious conviction as the prevailing sentiment in the ruling classes of most western nations, a new tension emerged as triumphant secularists sought to undermine persisting Christian influences on social and political life while moving to prevent the church from mounting a rearguard action to recover lost ground.

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