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Title: Church Closure: New Opportunities for Church History
Contributor(s): Clark, Jennifer Rose (author)
Publication Date: 2008
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2147
Abstract: Christian churches in Australia have introduced a policy of property rationalisation to cope with reduced attendance and increasing costs. The result of this policy is substantial church closure. This has produced considerable disturbance within congregations and the wider communities as readjustments to what are well known, historic and distinct buildings becomes necessary. For church historians, such a dramatic shift in the physical appearance of the church signals a whole range of changes taking place within the churches. Church closure obviously acts as a pivotal point in the history of any individual church, but in the history of the wider Christian Church in Australia the impact is equally as substantial. This paper examines the issue of church closure from the perspective of the church historian who sees here an opportunity to discuss church history in a period of metamorphosis. Church closure lays bare a whole range of issues relating, for example, to authority in the church, the interface between secular and sacred worlds, attitudes to the elderly in the church,the significance of place and the place of material culture. This paper looks at church closure as a gateway into these issues. With this dramatic alteration in the presentation of the church to the world there are new opportunities for historians.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The International Journal of the Humanities, 6(7), p. 139-150
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1447-9559
1447-9508
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/
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