The Resource "And some fell upon stoney places" : some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians

"And some fell upon stoney places" : some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians

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"And some fell upon stoney places" : some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians
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"And some fell upon stoney places"
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some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians
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eng
Summary
"In Melanesia, communities become missionaries themselves as indigenous churches or congregations. Why did the Australian Aborigines have a more passive role? The Australian settlers, chased most Aboriginal communities from their lands and other possessions. The right of the first occupant was not recognized by law. The rapid depopulation, deprivation of all autonomy, loss of land and control of sacred sites meant the rapid disintegration of the social and political system of the Aborigines. Most of southern Aborigines found no place in the new economy. For others, it tended to keep away them from trade with the whites and political life, and treat them as guests. For these reasons the missions became, in general, institutions for unwanted people. This contrasts with the role they held in Melanesia, where they formed the homes of Christian community development. In Melanesia, the village was protected by the Government which saw the source of a future workforce. Relatively little land was withdrawn from its authority. The mission was able to render service to a community that is transformed and adapted according to its own laws, and maintain continuity of tradition and decision. Indigenous religious belief resisted more profound and subtle in Australia in Melanesia, resistance reinforced by a constant resentment. In Melanesia, the contrast between education and the Christian way of acting was less clear, and indigenous religions were quickly discredited or amalgamated with Christianity. In the missionary communities, a syncretic adaptation and considered legitimate command formed the basis of indigenous churches. In comparison, the Australian continent proved to offer a "rocky land" to the seed of the gospel." [Author's abstract]
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1906-1985
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Rowley, C. D.
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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"And some fell upon stoney places" : some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians
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p. 137-149
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"And some fell upon stoney places" : some thoughts on why missions on the Australian continent have been less successful than missions to the Melanesians
Publication
Extent
p. 137-149

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