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Australia is a highly plural, secularized federal Western democracy on the southern rim of the Asia-Pacific. It has a relatively small population (26 million) spread across a vast but largely uninhabitable landmass (and attendant islands). From 1788, British colonization over traditional Aboriginal land decisively shaped the first 160 years of religious culture, with ‘the Big Four’ traditions (Anglicanism, Catholicism, Methodism and Presbyterianism) dominating. Australia was thus an early recipient of the charismatic potentials with…

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Hutchinson, Mark, “Australia”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20210810

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