The Decline of Religious Authority – Brisbane Writers’ Festival

Here is a video well worth watching. You can see it at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival website. (Click “watch now”.)

Paul Barclay from Radio National speaks to journalist, David Marr, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway, and Scott Stephens, editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics portal.

The discussion centres around the paradox of the waning authority and relevance of religion contrasted with the continuing influence of Christian lobbyists upon politicians and policy.

The theists on the panel provide a thoughtful, nuanced view of Christianity which is rarely seen in the popular media and is certainly drowned out by the bleatings of the troglodytes of the Australian Christian Lobby. In fact, it is interesting to hear Scott Stephens argue that Christian lobbyists are anathema to his concept of Christianity while David Marr argues that Christians lobbyists should participate in the political process.

I highly recommend this thought-provoking discussion.

Chrys Stevenson

One thought on “The Decline of Religious Authority – Brisbane Writers’ Festival

  1. Veronique

    You are right. That was interesting. Of course Holloway is well aware of what continues to go on in Scotland regarding marriage equality with the Catholic Church in defiance of the SNP. Catholics now constitute about 15% of the Scottish population so their influence is diminishing.

    Holloway is good to listen to though. Of the three Scott Stephens arguments made much less sense to me and he irritated more. Thank you for this. I sometimes miss Australia and what goes on there.

    Not Gillard though! Her tirade at the Mad Monk went viral – smile.

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