Charting the Faith of Australians

Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association

by Philip Hughes

Charting the Faith of Australians: Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association
ISBN: 9781875223848

The last 50 years have seen more rapid change than at any time in human history. Changes in technology have changed every aspect of life: from contraception to computation, from communication to community formation. These changes have affected the ways in which Christians have sought meaning in their lives, from the fulfilment of duty to the maximisation of subjective well-being. They have affected deeply the role that religion has played in life with the focus moving from the preservation of tradition to personal spirituality.

This book tells the story of these changes and how the Christian Research Association has charted them through the examination of census and survey data and through interviews with thousands of individuals. It explores these changes in youth culture and rural culture, the impact of migration and the rise of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. It suggests ways in which churches and schools might respond to these changes.

Publisher: Christian Research Association

About the Author

Reverend Dr Philip Hughes held a position as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2011.

Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.

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