Journal of Religious History

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Edited By: Professor Carole M. Cusack and Christopher Hartney

Online ISSN: 1467-9809

Virtual Issue: Secularism

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Journal of Religious History Fiftieth Anniversary Virtual Issue

The JRH 1960–2010: The Changing Face of Religious History over Fifty Years
John Gascoigne

Bruce Mansfield

The Early Christians as a Scholastic Community
E. A. Judge

Catholicism and Socialism0150The 1905 Controversy in Australia
A. E. Cahill

The Social Though of Erasmus
R. W. Scribner

The Reformer and the Archbishop: Martin Bucer and an English Bucerian
Patrick Collinson

The 'New Mechanic' in Slave Society: Socio-Psychological Motivations and Evangelical Missionaries in the British West Indies
Patricia T. Rooke

From Max Weber to Joachim of Floris: The Philosophy of Religious History
Peter Munzc

"The Land of Byamee": K. Langloh Parker, David Unaipon, and Popular Aboriginality in the Assimilation Era
Hilary M. Carey

'Religion' and Christian Conversion in African History: a New Model
Paul Landau

The Birth of Popular Heresy: A Millennial Phenomenon?
R. I. Moore

Post-colonialism, Orientalism, and Understanding: Religious Studies and the Christian Missionary Imperative
Paul Hedges

Missions, Colonialism, And Religious Identity In The Nineteenth Century

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The Conversion Experience of India's Christian Elite in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Antony Copley

Missionaries and Domestic Slavery in Yorubaland in the Nineteenth Century
Toyin Falola

What is ‘Conversion’? History, Christianity and Religious Change in Colonial Africa and South Asia
Deryck Schreuder and Geoffrey Oddie

‘Ordinary Events of Nature and Providence’: Reconstructing Female Missionary Experience in the British West Indies, 1800-45
Patricia T. Rooke

Planting an Asylum for Religion: Berkeley's Bermuda Scheme and the Transmission of Virtue in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
Scott Breuninger

"The Enchanter's Wand": Charles Darwin, Foreign Missions, and the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
Mark W. Graham

The Urban Missionary Movement in New York City, 1800-1825
Raymond A. Mohl

The Anglican Struggle for Survival in Jamaica in the Period of Abolition and Emancipation 1825-50
John Pinnington

Protestant Missionaries and Social Reform: The Indigo Planting Question in Bengal, 1850-1860
Geoffrey Oddie

The Home Base of the Missions of the Church of England 1830-50
K. Rayner

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Secularism: A Free Virtual Issue

The interface between religion and secularism has in recent years generated both heat and light about the evolution of modern post-industrial, post-colonial societies. Local advocates of secularism have argued that neither Australia nor New Zealand are Christian nations and that secularism without religion forms the underlying ideology of the post-enlightenment state. Other scholars have been less convinced, pointing not just to high levels of historical commitment to a wide spectrum of religious beliefs in most western countries but also to the contemporary resurgence of religion internationally coupled with the collapse of secularist regimes in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.

Far from going away, religion appears to be asserting itself more powerfully than ever, both on the world stage and in post-colonial settler societies where, it was thought, religion was on a trajectory to oblivion. The challenge to secularism has also seen a rise in interest in the historical origins of the secular state and the religious subcultures who have flourished under the secular umbrella. It is at least arguable that state secularism has encouraged the proliferation and fragmentation of belief that characterizes the information age.

The 8th Biennial Conference of the Religious History Association aims to consider the question of the relationship between secularism and history. In conjunction with this, the editors of the Journal of Religious History are pleased to present this virtual issue on the theme of secularism. The virtual issue includes articles published in the journal from 1960 to the present day and we are confident that you will find this virtual issue interesting and informative.

Political Modernity and Secularization: Thoughts from the Japanese Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Kiri Paramore

What was the Religious Crisis of the 1960s?
Callum G. Brown

‘The Evil State of Tepidity': Mass-Going and Absenteeism in Nineteenth-Century Australian Ecclesiastical Discourse
Gavin Brown

‘To Prostitute Morality, Libel Religion, and Undermine Government': Blasphemy and the Strange Persistence of Providence in Britain since the Seventeenth Century
David Nash

The Savage Science: Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis, and the History of Religion
Michael Mack

Between a Hard Rock and Shifting Sands: Churches and the Issue of Homosexuality in New Zealand, 1960-86
Laurie Guy

Indian Christians and National Identity, 1870-1947
Geoffrey A. Oddie

Probabilistic Darwinism: Louis Agassiz vs. Asa Gray on Science, Religion, and Certainty
Paul Jerome Croce

The Religious Crisis of the 1960s: The Experience of the Australian Churches
David Hilliard

The Church Policy of the SED Regime in East Germany, 1949-89: The Fateful Dilemma
John A. Moses

The Decline of Secularism in France
Olive Wykes