Is the Emperor wearing the wrong clothes? human rights and social good in the context of Australian secularity: Theological perspectives

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreedom of religion under bills of rights
EditorsPaul Babie, Neville Rochow
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherUniveristy of Adelaide Press
Chapter3
Pages29-50
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780987171818
ISBN (Print)9780987171801
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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