Australia’s “Judeo-Christian” Heritage

Few Australians would be naive enough to deny that the founders of our nation were Christians. (Christian leaders made an impact – Herald 20/10) The explorers and pioneers were often men of faith. Given that our nation was forged in an era when almost everyone was a Christian and our monarch was the supreme head of the Anglican Church and all schools were operated by the church, one would have to be in denial to ignore the influence that Christian belief had on our fledgling society. But that was a hundred years ago, when churches forcibly removed babies from their unwed mothers and aboriginal children from their families. Blacks weren’t citizens and women weren’t allowed to vote. We are now light-years removed from the 1800s and blind faith in religious morals has been replaced by a more profound and enlightened understanding of the human condition and the world around us. We live in a bold new era where women, blacks, gays, and heaven forbid even atheists, can participate in society without seeking the approval of the church and those who would impose their interpretation of biblical morals on the rest of society.

Peter Rowney
Lemon Tree Passage

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