This chapter suggests that a theological perspective born out of belonging to Jesus'kingdom, which he told Pilate was not of this world, might help us in understandingsomething about human flourishing and sociality in Australia. Such a perspectivemay provide some distance to help us to see that Australia has its own particularversion of secularity and consequently an approach to sociality that is not entirelysympathetic to modern notions of human rights as a way of approaching humanflourishing in society. Other ways exist to approach questions of fairness and humanwell-being in Australia. As with human rights regimes, those ways have not alwaysbeen successful but in general the pattern has been more than notably defensible inthe broad range of human societies. We clearly need to address failures. The questionis, in what way? In this chapter I argue that working with the grain of the nationalstory makes more sense than cutting across it.
|Title of host publication||Freedom of religion under bills of rights|
|Editors||Paul Babie, Neville Rochow|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide|
|Publisher||Univeristy of Adelaide Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|