Exploring the response of evangelicals to the collapse of ‘Greater Christian Britain’ in Australia in the long 1960s, this book provides a new religious perspective to the end of empire and a fresh national perspective to the end of Christendom.

In the turbulent 1960s, two foundations of the Western world rapidly and unexpectedly collapsed. ‘Christendom’, marked by the dominance of discursive Christianity in public culture, and ‘Greater Britain’, the powerful sentimental and strategic union of Britain and its settler societies, disappeared from the collective mental map with startling speed.

To illuminate these contemporaneous global shifts, this book takes as a case study the response of Australian evangelical Christian leaders to the cultural and religious crises encountered between 1959 and 1979. Far from being a narrow national study, this book places its case studies in the context of the latest North American and European scholarship on secularisation, imperialism and evangelicalism. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, it examines critical figures such as Billy Graham, Fred Nile and Hans Mol, as well as issues of empire, counter-cultural movements and racial and national identity.

This study will be of particular interest to any scholar of Evangelicalism in the twentieth century. It will also be a useful resource for academics looking into the wider impacts of the decline of Christianity and the British Empire in Western civilisation.

chapter |7 pages


Billy Graham, 1959 and 1979

chapter |16 pages


The rupture of the 1960s

chapter 1|27 pages


Fred Nile, political activism and the World’s Christian Endeavour Convention, 1962

chapter 2|27 pages


Hans Mol, secularisation and the Religion in Australia Survey, 1966

chapter 3|33 pages


Billy Graham, Americanisation and the 1968–1969 crusades

chapter 4|31 pages


Marcus Loane, Britishness and the Cook Bicentenary, 1970

chapter 5|29 pages


The Jesus People, the counter-culture and Kairos, 1973

chapter 6|32 pages


Jack Dain, Athol Gill and the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation, 1974

chapter |13 pages


Evangelicals and the end of Christendom