​What is the place of religion in Australia, and is its contribution to civil society being ignored by journalists and historians?

These will be among the questions to be discussed at a public forum on Wednesday 13 November at 7.30am (morning, please note) in Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, will discuss the theme ‘Where has religion gone from Australian history’ with Professor Janet McCalman, social historian at the University of Melbourne,  and Barney Zwartz, Religion Editor of The Age. 

“Christianity has made an enormous social contribution to Australian society, which many Australians are not aware of,” Dr Freier said.

“Many of the Christians who emigrated to Australia brought their care traditions with them, and they tried to create a civil society – including establishing hospitals and schools – and they worked to create a better society than the one they left.

“How will Australia cope over the next 40 years with increasing social needs, unless we recover the tradition of ‘doing unto others as you would have them do unto you?’”

 
See the full event details here.