This sociological survey of religion in Australia examines the factors which have shaped the major religious denominations, and discusses current issues such as declining attendances at services, and conflicts over the ordination of women. The book also includes a series of studies on areas of recent concern, including the reactions of Aboriginal religions to alien intrusion, the interplay between religion and ethnicity, the politics of Islam in Australia, the growth of Pentecostalism and the emergence of the self religions. Using historical information, social surveys, participant observation and documentary analysis, the authors highlight the diversity of religious practice in Australia. This ranges from the civil religion associated with Anzac Day to more privatized forms of belief and practice, and from regional differences in Aboriginal religions to differences of orientation within Islam or Christianity. "Alan Black is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New England in Australia. His publications include an earlier text on religion in Australia, "Practice and belief" (1983), which he co-edited with Peter Glasner.". This book is intended for students and researchers in sociology and the sociology of religion.
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