A discussion facilitated by the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture’s Executive Director the Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard with Dr Steve Chavura, Prof. John Gascoigne and Dr Ian Tregenza.
In the past decade Australian political discourse has been influenced by religious concerns to an extent not witnessed since the 1950s. One of the main debates in Australia is the place of religion in an allegedly secular polity. What does it mean to say that Australia is a secular state? How did that self-conception develop and how has the meaning of ‘secular’ changed over the course of the nation’s history? These are the fundamental questions discussed in this seminar, which will cover the inter-relationship of the secular and religion within the Australian polity from 1788 to the present. This seminar will present ARC-funded research conducted by Chavura, Gascoigne, and Tregenza over the past three years that will ultimately appear as a monograph entitled, A Secular State? Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity.
The event starts at 6.30pm with drinks and nibbles before officially starting at 7pm.
About the Speakers
Dr. Stephen Chavura teaches politics and history at Macquarie University, Campion College, and the Lachlan Macquarie Institute.
Professor (Emeritus) John Gascoigne recently retired as Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW.
Dr Ian Tregenza is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at Macquarie University.