Psychological temperament and religious orientation: An empirical enquiry among Australian church leaders

Leslie J. Francis, Ruth Powell, Andrew Village

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In the opening essay in this volume, Philip Hughes narrates the remarkable story of the trajectory of the Christian Research Association in Australia over a thirty-year period (1985-2015), a trajectory closely associated with his own personal vision, inspiration,and academic skills. In recognition and celebration of Philip’s remarkable achievement, this chapter has been crafted to link with aspects of Philip’s earlier work. The first link is with NCLS Research. Dr Peter Kaldor was instrumental in founding both CRA and NCLS Research, two complementary research organisations that have each shared a strong collaborative ecumenical base. Over the years, Philip has collaborated with members of the NCLS Research team on multiple projects, including major Australian Research Council linkage grant projects, such as the Australian Community Survey (1998) and the Security and Wellbeing project (2002). Some books and major research papers resulting from this collaboration include Why People Don’t Go to Church (Bellamy, Black, Castle, Hughes, & Kaldor, 2002); Building Stronger Communities (Hughes, Black, Kaldor, Bellamy, & Castle, 2007), and Spirit Matters (Kaldor, P., Hughes, P., & Black, A, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCharting the faith of Australians
Subtitle of host publicationThirty years in the Christian research association
EditorsPhilip Hughes
Place of PublicationNunawading, Victoria
PublisherChristian Research Association
Number of pages55
ISBN (Print)9781875223848
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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