by Greg Spearritt
John Gunson, at one time an ordained minister in the Congregational Churches of Australia, argues that Christians should take Dietrich Bonhoeffer's challenge seriously: to live, and understand their faith, as secular people. This involves, in Gunson's view, leaving both God and religion behind.
Gunson's book is titled Learning to Live Without God.
I feel the importance of this more strongly now there are a number of prominent Australian politicians who reliably follow the teaching of their church in discussions about a number of controversial issues. There is a strong possibility that there will be an early election and if these conservative politicians win more seats in parliament, they will make decisions on matters which affect us, which may mean we are all be forced to follow church teaching.
As well, there are at least 2 regular contributors to the Weekend Australian who have adopted the teaching of their church in much of their thinking and who strongly promote this point of view in their articles. Although it is up to them if they decide to follow the dictates of their church, it is unfortunate that they see the need to force these views onto others.
Some of us have been extremely fortunate to hear Lloyd Geering recently. He told us at our National Conference that the motto of the Enlightenment was "dare to think for yourself".
Some of us have been extremly fortunate to hear Lloyd Geering recently. He told us at our National Conference that the motto of the Enlightenment was "dare to think for yourself".
Posted by Helen Mason