Anglicanism in Oceania since 1914

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This chapter examines the history of Anglicanism in Oceania. The focus of the chapter is on ways in which Anglicanism has, since the late nineteenth century, produced a unique and evolving set of identities and practices. In particular, this chapter shows how Anglo-Catholic, high-church and monastic expressions of Anglicanism were transposed to Melanesian and Polynesian contexts, producing produced a unique and evolving set of identities and practices. While a missionary posture of accommodation fostered the inculturation of worship rituals, liturgy, institutional structures and local theologies into indigenous forms, an accompanying paternalistic ethos delayed the creation of an indigenous Church and leadership. The role of indigenous agency, and women in particular, is another theme of this chapter. Finally, the chapter examines ways in which forces of modernity irrevocably transformed political and cultural life in Oceania after 1942. The period after 1942 marked a decisive shift from colonial dependency to independent nationhood in places where Anglicanism had taken root. How Anglicans in the region negotiated tensions between tradition and modernity—in church, society and state—is another important theme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford history of Anglicanism, Volume V
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Anglicanism, c. 1910-2000
EditorsWilliam L. Sachs
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780199643011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Publication series

NameThe Oxford history of Anglicanism


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