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A History of the English Church in New Zealand   By: (1860-1921)

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A History of the English Church in New Zealand by H.T. Purchas offers a comprehensive account of the establishment and growth of the Anglican Church in New Zealand. As a scholarly work, this book delves deep into the historical development and impact of the English Church in a new and complex colonial setting.

Purchas presents a meticulously researched narrative that spans over several centuries, beginning with the arrival of the first European missionaries to New Zealand. The author skillfully weaves together various sources, including church records, diaries, letters, and official documents, to provide a rich and nuanced understanding of the challenges and triumphs faced by the Anglican Church in its endeavor to establish a spiritual presence in this distant land.

The book's organization is impeccable, with chapters arranged chronologically to present the reader with a clear progression of events. Each chapter focuses on a specific period and examines the key figures and significant developments that shaped the English Church's role in New Zealand. Notably, Purchas explores the complex relationship between the Church and the indigenous Maori population, discussing both the positive contributions made by the missionaries and the conflicts that arose due to cultural misunderstandings.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to contextualize the actions of the English Church within the broader framework of New Zealand's history. Purchas expertly explains the political and social dynamics of the time, highlighting how these factors influenced the growth and operations of the Anglican Church. This contextualization allows readers to appreciate the Church's role beyond its purely religious aspects, shedding light on its involvement in education, healthcare, and social welfare systems.

However, at times, the book's extensive detail and scope may overwhelm readers unfamiliar with New Zealand's history or ecclesiastical terminology. While this depth is a testament to the author's thoroughness and expertise, it may hinder accessibility for those seeking a more general understanding of the subject matter.

Ultimately, A History of the English Church in New Zealand by H.T. Purchas is an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers, and individuals with a keen interest in the history of religion and colonialism. Purchas provides an authoritative and engaging account that not only reflects the development of the Anglican Church but also offers insights into the broader history of New Zealand itself. This book serves as a testament to the important role religion played in shaping the nation's cultural and social landscape.

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A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH IN NEW ZEALAND

To the RIGHT REVEREND WILLIAM LEONARD WILLIAMS, sometime Bishop of Waiapu.

THIS BOOK

is respectfully dedicated in memory of the eminent services rendered to the New Zealand Church by himself and others of his name.

[Illustration: REV. SAMUEL MARSDEN.]

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH IN NEW ZEALAND

by

H. T. PURCHAS, M.A.

Vicar of Glenmark, N.Z. Canon of Christchurch Cathedral, and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop.

Author of "Bishop Harper and the Canterbury Settlement," "Johannine Problems and Modern Needs."

Simpson & Williams Limited Christchurch, N.Z. G. Robertson & Co. Propy. Ltd., Melbourne. Sampson Low & Co. Ltd., London. 1914

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

Bishop Harper and the Canterbury Settlement.

PRESS NOTICES

Original Edition.

"We are glad to welcome this book. It has been very well written; it is interesting throughout; one's attention never flags; it is exactly what was wanted by churchmen, and should be on the book shelf of every churchman in at least this Colony.... We simply advise every one of our readers to buy it and read it, and let their boys and girls read it too... Continue reading book >>




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