Christianity and the shaping of Vanuatu’s social and political development

Clarke, Matthew 2015, Christianity and the shaping of Vanuatu’s social and political development, Journal for the academic study of religion, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 24-41, doi: 10.1558/jasr.v28i1.25723.

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Title Christianity and the shaping of Vanuatu’s social and political development
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Journal name Journal for the academic study of religion
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 41
Total pages 18
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Place of publication Sheffield, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2047-704X
Summary The Pacific island state of Vanuatu has been considerably shaped by its Christian heritage. Indeed, the role of the various Christian Churches has been pivotal in the development and sustenance of Vanuatu prior to and since its Independence. These Churches include Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal and evangelical denominations. Missionaries and later local Church leaders were involved directly in Independence movements and shaped the legal and social infrastructure of this nation. This involvement and influence has continued to the present. This article will consider the role the Church has played in the development of Vanuatu. First, a case study analysis of both the historical and contemporary role the Church has played in the development of Vanuatu will be presented. This review will consider the impact of both key individual Church leaders who played central roles in Vanuatu’s Independence. Secondly, the paper will consider the contemporary role Christian Churches play in the provision of social service- including education and health-across Vanuatu. It will conclude that Christianity has therefore played and continues to play a central role in the political and social development of Vanuatu.
Language eng
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v28i1.25723
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
2204 Religion And Religious Studies
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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