A Century of Influence: Australian Student Christian Movement, 1896-1996

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UNSW Press, 2009 - History - 446 pages
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Drawing on a rich range of material from libraries, private collections, and oral histories, this chronicle tells the inspiring story of the progressive Australian Student Christian Movement (ACSM)--a movement whose members included Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Robert Menzies and High Court judges Garfield Barwick and Ronald Wilson. This exploration examines the ACSM’s 100-year history as well as its impact on women’s issues, racial discrimination, the nation’s spirituality, and Australia’s place in the Asia Pacific region. Questioning the ACSM’s demise after the 1960s, this account also provides insights into a turbulent period in Australian history.

 

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Contents

1 The evangelisation of the world in this generation
23
2 An independent studentcontrolled organisation
54
3 A mighty Christian empire in the southern seas
83
4 A new view of discipleship
113
5 The rise and fall of the new world order
141
6 The SCMis going to hell
171
7 Moving from challenge to challenge
198
8 Lo here is felawschippe
224
10 The university within a university
275
11 That they all maybe one
308
12 The gathering storm
333
13 Christ the inspiration of our political struggle
361
14 The end of the journey?
379
Notes
401
Index
426
Copyright

9 We shall rebuild
248

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About the author (2009)

Renate Howe is an honorary fellow at Deakin University. She has contributed articles to the Journal of Women's History, the Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, and The Spirit of Australia: Religion in Citizenship and National Life.

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