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COVER STORY The Natural Family as an integrative social force in American history

EDITORIAL The Remnant, resistant, creative minority

ENERGY POLICY Enough hot air about carbon dioxide; let's talk LPG

CANBERRA OBSERVED Federal election: the media have done our duty at the polls for us

NSW ELECTION NSW is just starting to sizzle

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Archbishop Wilson free, but trial was no witchhunt

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LIFE ISSUES The unvarnished truth about surrogacy

HIGHER EDUCATION Massification: that's the name of the game

SOCIETY Dover Beach: a mordant post-Christmas reflection

IRELAND TODAY Celtic Tiger changed out of all recognition

MUSIC One note does not a monotone make

CINEMA Aquaman: High fantasy in ocean depths

BOOK REVIEW Uninformed consent

BOOK REVIEW A thoroughly modern movement

BOOK REVEW The foundation of a successful society

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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
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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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