Introduction: Christian Politics in Oceania

Matt Tomlinson, Debra McDougall

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    Abstract

    The phrase "Christian politics" evokes two meanings: political relations between denominations in one direction, and the contributions of Christian churches to debates about the governing of society. The contributors to this volume address Christian politics in both senses and argue that Christianity is always and inevitably political in the Pacific Islands. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji, the authors argue that Christianity and politics have redefined each other in much of Oceania in ways that make the two categories inseparable at any level of analysis. The individual chapters vividly illuminate the ways in which Christian politics operate across a wide scale, from interpersonal relations to national and global interconnections.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChristian Politics in Oceania
    Editors Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherBerghahn Books
    Pages1-21
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9780857457462
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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