Faith and providence

Those sailing on the nine ships that left Britain for South Australia between February and July in 1836 came from a society in which faith in the Christian God was a central part of life for the majority of people. While varieties of Christian religion provided a range of outlooks on life, religious practice and one’s relationship with God, the certainty that God was in his Heaven, was a given which underpinned public and private life.

Belief in a Divine Providence, the certainty that God as creator guided and controlled everything, structured Christians’ understanding of events and the world. This could be a comfort in times of uncertainty, as God was believed to be both good and all-knowing.

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