I’ve not yet had the chance to read Roy Williams new book, In God They Trust? – the religious beliefs of Australia’s Prime Ministers 1901-2013.
However from the reviews I’ve read and Kim Beazley’s poignant forward, it looks to be an indispensable contribution to our political discourse.
At a time when some loud voices are clamouring to have religious perspectives, particularly Christian ones, excluded from political debate, it is timely that we are reminded no one arrives at a policy point of view in a worldview vacuum.
In the forward, Beazley, now Australia’s ambassador to the United States, recounts how a deeply worried John Curtin and his press secretary Fred McLaughlin dropped to their knees to pray for the safety of Australian troops during World War II.
Having done all he could practically for the Seventh Division which was stuck on the high seas, Curtin resorted to God.
While acknowledging that Prime Ministers, like the people they lead don’t usually wear their religious beliefs on their sleeves, he says: “Roy Williams is examining statesmanship at its most complex but perhaps deepest source”.
Williams’ book is published by the Bible Society. CEO Dr Greg Clarke wrote that it “puts to death the notion that religion and politics don’t mix”.
Of course belief, religious or otherwise, will and should affect the way Parliamentarians and Prime Ministers make decisions. ACL’s Katherine Spackman interviewed Williams for this week’s Political Spot
Women & children face violence in Papua New Guinea
Australia’s nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea (PNG) has inspiring terrain, unique flora & fauna and beautiful people. However, there are significant challenges in PNG concerning women, children and families which impact its society.
John Beckett on the Political Spot about UN report on MDGs
John Beckett is the National Coordinator for Micah Challenge. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 released last month.
Save the date – Election Webcast September 11th 2013
At each election ACL aims to serve Christian voters by helping them make sense of key issues and policies of concern to us all.
ACL is pleased to announce a quality panel of Christian leaders, thinkers and subject matter experts have agreed to join with ACL to stage a live webcast to your church, should your church wish to participate.
The Make it Count 2013 Election Panel will be webcast live on Wednesday September 11 at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time, 7pm Central Standard Time and on delay at 7:30pm for our WA viewers.
Promotional material including on-line registration for the webcast will be available soon.
Roy Williams on the Political Spot about religous beliefs of Australia’s Prime Ministers
Author Roy Williams has just written a new book called “In God they Trust? The religious beliefs of Australia’s Prime Ministers 1901-2013″. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the book.
ACL Submission to ACMA’s contemporary community safeguards inquiry
ACL has made a submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s inquiry into contemporary community safeguards, regarding codes of practice for Australian television and radio broadcasters.
Interested in a career in public policy or know someone who is? Then apply for the Lachlan Macquarie Internship (LMI). A three-month course located on the outskirts of Canberra, the LMI is aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy. Applications are now open for the August intake, and generous scholarships are available.