Today, November 15, the Postal Survey comes out. One positive out of this issue has been the way in which religious freedom has been discussed in a much more significant way. The ‘Yes’ vote has been successful and now the focus moves to what the Bill will look like and what possible form of religious freedom protections are included or alternatively provided for in other legislation. For some time AACS and many others have been running a campaign about religious freedom protection because the consequences are likely to be profound. Navigating these challenging waters is no easy feat.
Since the last month eNews, we have passed the 500th anniversary (October 31, 1517) of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. It was worth noting this event because it provoked such a monumental shift in Christian thought and church organisation, the effects of which continue to reverberate today. At the other end of the newsletter the ‘best of Reformation 500’ articles is worth a look.
This month’s eNews is a large one, as there is so much worthwhile material to engage with. Things politically are very active as Parliament processes: the citizenship crisis; the results of the SSM survey; what religious freedoms to include in the Bill; Parliament wraps up for the year; and some Catholic voices try to pull Gonski 2.0 funding apart. I would like to highlight the Dyson Heydon article, ‘Liberalism built on Christian principles’. It is challenging, but worth the read.