1. Understanding Our Christian Heritage

 2. National Christian Heritage Sunday

 3. NO book has had a greater impact on Western civilisation than the Bible. The Australian Editorial

4. Australian younger couples prefer marriage, survey shows

5. Bushfires Rage Because Whitefellas Don’t Know How to Manage the Australian Landscape

 6. A conflict of Christian visions:Genesis One-Two versus Three   

 

1. Understanding Our Christian Heritage

Australia Day 26th January 2014

Welcome to the Christian History website

The Christian History Research website contains a large collection of information and resources to help you understand more about Australia’s Christian heritage. Resources can be used online and many can be downloaded for educational use and personal research.

Included on the site you will find interactive applications, books, documents, maps, video and audio and more. Whatever your purpose is for researching Australia’s Christian history, we trust you will find this site helpful.

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Resources for schools Large collection of books Maps 

What are some of the ways God has worked in the building of Australia?

Here are several ways to learn more:                                                                            

 The Hand of God: Interactive
An interactive journey that explores the the Hand of God: His Story of Australia.
 
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The Hand of God: His Story of Australia
An 8000 article exploring the topic.
 
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Australia’s Priceless Heritage of Freedom

Australia’s Christian Foundations and Heritage
by Dr Graham McLennan January 2014

 http://www.chr.org.au/downloads.html towards bottom of page

The opening of the first Parliament was a Christian service.
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Have you ever wondered about the woman on the old five dollar note? For 30 years she helped Australian immigrants.

Her name – Caroline Chisholm and she was known as the immigrants’ friend.

What was she like?  Read More

Who made the first full length movies?

Soldiers of the Cross – the first feature length film ever produced. But who made it? Read More

Robert Garren  helped draft Australia’s Federal Constitution and was appointed the Secretary to the Attorney General’s dept on the 1 January 1901, becoming Australia’s first federal public servant, wrote this poem:

Help us build a nation,
A people proud and free –
Proud of our high vocation,
Humble, O Lord, to Thee.
Aflame with high endeavour,
Though many paths be trod,
Keep us united ever,
One people, serving God.

By Robert Randolph Garran


 Almost 200 years ago the Gospel arrived on the shores of New Zealand from Australia.

Read what’s being done to commemorate this event.

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2. NationalChristian Heritage Sunday

 

National Christian Heritage Sunday celebrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia’s shores. Australia’s first minister was the Reverend Richard Johnson. He arrived with the first fleet. On 3rd February 1788 Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. The day will now be celebrated on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2014 will be 2nd February.

http://www.nchs.net.au/index.html

 

3. NO book has had a greater impact on Western civilisation than the Bible. The Australian Editorial 

Say a little prayer for Greens

Editorial. The Australian January 16, 2014

NO book has had a greater impact on Western civilisation than the Bible.Believers or not, few would disagree. The Bible has shaped our language, art and institutions. Its Christian teachings have informed our development from exploration to enlightenment, through customs to laws, forging countries and cultures. So the practice of beginning deliberations in federal parliament with the Lord’s Prayer is not the imposition of a narrow religious code but rather a continuing thread of responsibility and respect for the burden of democratic decision-making.

The Greens move, by acting leader Richard Di Natale, to scrap the tradition is another demonstration of their disconnect from the mainstream. Senator Di Natale contends ditching the prayer will reinforce the separation of church and state when this separation is the very endowment of the traditions it reflects. He suggests it is not attuned to a pluralistic and multicultural society when that, too, has been bequeathed by these traditions. He even verballed curriculum reviewer Kevin Donnelly, suggesting his reference to the prayer hinted at a formal preoccupation with Christianity, when Dr Donnelly argued the need to teach about all great faiths.

To be sure, the prayer sparked debate when it was introduced at Federation. The then member for Kooyong, William Knox, moved the motion saying the prayer was “unsectarian in character” and could be accepted even by members of “the Hebrew faith”. The current member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg – Jewish, as it happens – agrees. Back in 1901, West Australian senator George Pearce argued that the principles of the prayer were worthy of senators “even if uttered by atheists” and would do no harm. He was right, and prescient.

Greens senators are free to restrict their spirituality to addressing “fellow Earthians” about Gaia. We think most Australians are comfortable with the Lord’s Prayer. Australia even bolstered the prayer’s global renown when in the 1970s Adelaide singing nun Sister Janet Mead sent it to the top of the pop charts. The Greens might be more comfortable heeding the words of the only transported convict elected to federal parliament; in 1901, William Groom declared the prayer “socialistic” and ascribed it to “the greatest social reformer that the world has ever known”. Amen.

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4. Australian younger couples prefer marriage, survey shows 

 

Cosima Marriner January 19, 2014

Sun-Herald senior writer

A generational shift is taking place in attitudes to marriage, with younger couples appearing more committed to the institution than their older peers.

Relationships Australia’s Lyn Fletcher said ”thoughtfulness” was apparent in younger people’s approach to long-term relationships.

”Young people are thinking seriously about marriage and parenting before going into long-term relationships and having children,” she said. ”If there is a thoughtfulness going into a relationship, they’re less inclined to just jump out of it.”

A survey by law firm Slater & Gordon of more than 2000 couples in married and de facto relationships found more than half those aged 25 to 34 would stay in an unhappy marriage for the sake of the children. In contrast, only 44 per cent of those aged 44 to 54 would stay on. People married for between three and four years were the most likely to stay in the relationship.

The divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1975, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while the marriage rate has steadily risen since 2001. The proportion of divorces involving children is at its lowest since 1966 at 48.8 per cent. The median length of a marriage is 12 years, compared with 10 years in the early 1980s.

The median age for divorce has risen from 37 for men and 34 for women in 1985 to 45 for men and 42 for women in 2011.
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5. Bushfires Rage Because Whitefellas Don’t Know How to Manage the Australian Landscape

Postedby jennifer, January 18th, 2014 – under Information.
Tags: Bushfires

SO much of Australia is needlessly and brutally incinerated every summer. News reports focus on homes and lives and the brave fire crews. But, what about the native fauna and flora? It wasn’t always this way, and it shouldn’t be so. As West Australian David Ward explains…

“BEFORE Europeans arrived, Noongar people managed our south-west dry forests and woodlands very well without fire trucks, water bombers, helicopters, television journalists, concerned politicians, the Conservation Council, hundreds of firefighters, or the Salvation Army to give them all breakfast. They did this by burning frequently, in most places as often as it would carry a mild, creeping fire.

Even where there were no Noongars, most of the bush would have burnt frequently by unimpeded lightning fires, trickling on for months. Such large lightning fires continued up to the 1920s, before there were any Bushfire Brigades. They could travel a hundred kilometres before autumn rain doused them. Most of the landscape would have burnt as often as it could carry a fire. Fire suppression and exclusion are unnatural, new fangled notions.

Frequent fire made the bush safe, and promoted grass for yonka(kangaroo), and a host of bush tucker plants. It produced byoo, the red fruit of the djiridji, or zamia. Frequent light smoke germinated seeds, and provoked flowering of kangaroo paws and balgagrass trees.

Kangaroo paws and byooare increasingly rare, under a muddle headed advocacy which claims that we should exclude fire from large bush areas for long periods. This phoney idea makes the bush very dangerous, as we have recently seen. Fire cannot be excluded indefinitely, and the longer it has been absent, the fiercer, and more damaging it will be…

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Some more interesting reading:

‘The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia’ By Bill Gammage

 http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2011/december/1322699456/james-boyce/biggest-estate-earth-how-aborigines-made-australia-bill-g

http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/fire/fire-and-the-environment/41-traditional-aboriginal-burning

 

 

6. A conflict of Christian visions:Genesis One-Two versus Three 


 

by Anthony Bradley    |   January 16, 2014

Bradley is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College (New York City) and Research Fellow at the Acton Institute.

There are two prominent schools of thought within conservative Protestant circles that continue to clash over what Christianity is about because their starting points comprise different biblical theological visions. I use the word “prominent” here because I fully recognize that there are other more nuanced voices in the Christian diaspora. No “binaries” or “false dichotomies” are intended here. This is simply a distinction between the two dominant voices in a choir of others.

One begins by constructing an understanding of the Christian life orientated around Genesis chapters 1 and 2 and the other begins with Genesis chapter 3. A Gen 1 and 2 starting point views the gospel as a means for human beings to have a realized experience of what their humanity was meant to be and to do, whereas a Gen. 3 orientation sees the gospel as a means of saving us from our humanity in preparation for the eschaton (heaven).

Space doesn’t permit a full development of these distinctions among the dominant voices but we could frame the current discourse in terms of how the gospel is understood. For example, when one begins with Genesis 1 and 2, as one well-known Protestant pastor opines, we could understand the gospel this way: “Through the person and work of Jesus Christ, God fully accomplishes salvation for us, rescuing us from judgment for sin into fellowship with him, and then restores the creation in which we can enjoy our new life together with him forever.” As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, Theodore G. Stylianopoulos reminds us that the gospel is “the good news of God’s saving work in Christ and the Spirit by which the powers of sin and death are overcome and the life of the new creation is inaugurated, moving towards the eschatological glorification of the whole cosmos.” Because the entire creation has been drawn into the mutiny of the human race, (Rom 8:19-24) redemption must involve the entire creation, as Michael Williamsargues. In a Genesis 1 and 2 framework, everything matters in God’s redemptive plan. As such, every person matters to God because they bear his image, and the Holy Spirit uses the evangelicalism of God’s people to unite men and women to Christ. The rest of creation and culture also matter to God because, in the mystery of God’s redemptive plan, we play a role in seeing that the cosmos brings glory to God (1 Cor 10:31, Col 3:23). The emphasis here is God’s sovereignty and mission for the whole creation…

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