Greg Sheridan’s God is Good For You: A Defence of Christianity in Troubled Times is a vigorous and passionate defence of Christianity. It argues, exhorts, admonishes and informs. Christians, especially their leaders, are encouraged to lift their game. Atheists are invited not to be quite so sure of their atheism ― or, at the very least, have better arguments for it. More generally the citizens of the “West” ― Christian or not ― are advised not to ignore or dismiss their Christian heritage. He sketches a future of Australian Christianity that accepts its minority status but which lives into that unfamiliar condition boldly.
The University of Divinity has over 100 years’ experience negotiating religious differences. Its tradition provides wisdom to guide current debates.
Our Act of Parliament, created in 1910, prohibits the University from administering a religious test to its students. This means students must not be required to sign a statement of faith at admission, or to arrive at a predetermined opinion in the course of their studies and examinations.
The postal survey forced the majority of Australian’s to reflect on their values around sexuality, relationships and humanity. The clear majority of Australians came to the conclusion LGBT people are just as human as all other Australians. We decided LGBT people deserve the same opportunities for joy and loss, commitment and recognition, and protection under the law, that marriage provides.
One of my favourite hymns, by George Matheson, I call the paradox hymn because it contains truths in tension that seem to me to go not only to the heart of religion but of that human reality that cannot be completely encapsulated by reason.