Faith in education: The politics of state funding and the "new" christian schooling in Australia

Colin Symes, Kalervo N. Gulson*

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    Abstract

    Fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity is growing in popularity in Australia, concurrent with the ascendancy of the new Christian school. This article examines the historical and policy landscapes that have given rise to this educational phenomenon and draws some links with other education systems, particularly the United States. It is argued that, in Australia, a propitious setting for the rise of new Christian schools has been created through the interplay of evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity, Australia's Constitution, and an enabling neoliberal policy environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)231-249
    Number of pages19
    JournalEducational Policy
    Volume22
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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