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CANBERRA OBSERVED After the fires, we still need an economy and to power it

GENDER POLITICS In trans Newspeak, parental consent is a 'hurdle'

REFLECTION Conjugal honour: Love of husband and wife joined together in pure intimacy

LIFE ISSUES Pro-lifers punished for exposing baby harvesting

LAW AND SOCIETY Cardinal Pell and the Appeal Court judges

LITERATURE AND SOCIETY The poetry of Distributism

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Botany Bay: Always more than a dumping ground

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Finally getting Brexit done

HUMOUR The MacStuttles probe

MUSIC From retch to wretched

CINEMA Three times the bravura: 1917, The Gentlemen, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

BOOK REVIEW The contradictions of the dominant ideology

BOOK REVIEW Novel celebrates inventor of literary fairytales

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POST-GOD NATION?
How Religion Fell Off the Radar in Australia and What Might Be Done to Get it Back On

Roy Williams

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by Roy Williams

(Sydney, ABC Books, 2015)
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN: 9780733333583
Price: AUD$32.99

 

Book description

At the time of Federation 98 per cent of Australians identified themselves as Christians. Now only 8 per cent say they regularly go to Church. What has changed? How did Australia become a post-Christian nation and what part did the Churches play in their own decline?

Author Roy Williams (God, Actually, In God They Trust?) has long been an impassioned defender of Christianity. Here, he tackles the decline of the churches head on, acknowledging that in many cases, inflexibility, negativity and a refusal to listen have led to a tarnished image. But he also argues that Australia had a long and often misunderstood Christian heritage. And without it, he says, we will become a society with no moral centre, a community where rampant materialism is the only rule.

Offering a bold roadmap for the churches to change, Williams challenges atheists, agnostics and true believers to a genuinely open debate about the force of faith.

 

About the author

One of Australia's emerging public intellectuals and writers, Roy Williams had a distinguished 20-year career in the legal profession until it was cut short in 2004 when he experienced a life-changing illness. Forced to leave the law, he took time to recuperate before deciding to become a writer. His book reviews appear regularly in The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. He also contributes to Australian Literary Review, Dissent and Inside Sport.


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