Religion

David Rolph reviews 'Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and future' by Luke Beck

David Rolph
26 July 2018

The role of religion in public life in Australia has become a prominent issue again as a consequence of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Significant opposition to the passage of More

Alan Atkinson reviews 'The Bible in Australia: A cultural history' by Meredith Lake

Alan Atkinson
24 April 2018

The Bible in Australia is an unpretentious title for a remarkable book, and yet it is accurate enough. The Bible has been an ever-present aspect of life in Australia for 230 years More

ABR RAFT Fellowship: 'God and Caesar in Australia' by Paul Collins

Paul Collins
23 February 2018

Like it or lump it, Catholicism is enormously influential in Australia. This is true even just in terms of raw statistics. The Catholic Church is the largest religious body in the country, More

Ilana Snyder reviews 'All The Rivers' by Dorit Rabinyan, translated by Jessica Cohen

Ilana Snyder
29 November 2017

In December 2015, Israel’s Ministry of Education banned Dorit Rabinyan’s prize-winning novel All the Rivers from the high school curriculum on the grounds that the s More

Morag Fraser reviews 'Martin Luther: Rebel in an age of upheaval' by Heinz Schilling, translated by Rona Johnston

Morag Fraser
25 October 2017

Australia’s politicians may be too mired in power skirmishes to notice that 31 October 2017 marked the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s trumpet blast of the Reformation: t More

Barney Zwartz reviews 'Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell' by Louise Milligan

Barney Zwartz
22 September 2017

George Pell is the most polarising religious leader Australia has had in recent decades, certainly since Daniel Mannix – perhaps since Samuel Marsden. For most of his career he has been More

Michael McGirr reviews 'The Tempest-Tossed Church: Being a Catholic today' by Gerard Windsor

Michael McGirr
28 March 2017

This book came my way at the right moment. I read it in the week that the Royal Commission enumerated the fact that, so far, 4,444 individuals have brought cases of sexual abuse against Catholic institutions in Australia – a staggering number. I know of others who are still struggling to come forward and tell their story. The archbishop of Sydney described the res ... More

Simon Caterson reviews 'The Book of the People: How to read the Bible' by A.N. Wilson

Simon Caterson
26 July 2016

According to A.N. Wilson, the Bible is badly misread by those fundamentalists, whether believers or atheists, who choose to read it in a literal-minded way rather than as ...

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Simon Caterson reviews 'Australian Catholic Lives' by Edmund Campion

Simon Caterson
29 May 2015

‘Most history is simply lost.’ By means of a regular biographical column in the Jesuit magazine Madonna published over the past twenty-five years, Father Edmund Campion has preserved pieces of Australian personal history that might otherwise have been neglected, if not forgotten altogether. In this, the author’s second collection of biographical sketche ... More

Simon Caterson reviews 'Mannix' by Brenda Niall

Simon Caterson
25 March 2015

With her long-awaited life of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Brenda Niall, one of Australia’s leading biographers, has conquered a subject that for decades she regarded as compelling yet ‘intractable’. ‘As a presence (I wouldn’t claim such a remote and magisterial being as a neighbour) Daniel Mannix was part of my childhood,’ Niall recalls. She grew up in the ... More

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