Faith and belief in "The Land of the Holy Spirit"

Harrison, John (2012) Faith and belief in "The Land of the Holy Spirit". Media Development, 59 1: 14-18.

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Author Harrison, John
Title Faith and belief in "The Land of the Holy Spirit"
Journal name Media Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0092-7821
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 59
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 18
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher World Association for Christian Communication
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Australia has been called “the most godless place under heaven”.1 But it’s not. In 1606 the Portuguese navigator de Queiros named the land south of New Guinea La Australia del Espíritu Santo (The Southern Land of the Holy Spirit). Traditions of human spirituality are long embedded in the Australian continent: Indigenous Australian traditions of spirituality stretch back 60,000 years or more.

This article reviews the document Freedom of religion and belief in 21st century Australia.2 Commissioned and published in 2011 by Australia‟s Human Rights Commission, the report draws on consultations with the leadership and peak organisations of Australia‟s religious groupings, with government officials and NGOs in the area of immigration and multicultural affairs, over 2000 public submissions, along with some 12 commissioned specialist papers. These covered secularity, law, global peace, individual and community well being, family and gender, and the specific contexts of gender in Islam, Judaism and Roman Catholicism. A meta-analysis of the submission was also undertaken. 
    So what is the place of religious belief and practice in a liberal democratic society? What is the legitimate place of religion in the public sphere? And what of the freedom to practice one's religious beliefs in a democratic society when the practice of those beliefs promotes theocracy, and not democracy?
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Issue titled "Mediating Freedom of Religion"

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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