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On eschatology and the 'return to religion'

Sharpe, Matthew 2013, On eschatology and the 'return to religion', Arena journal, no. 39/40, pp. 203-228.

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Title On eschatology and the 'return to religion'
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Journal name Arena journal
Issue number 39/40
Start page 203
End page 228
Total pages 26
Publisher Arena Publications
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013-07
ISSN 1320-6567
Keyword(s) Tony Blair
secular intolerance
Summary We begin with Tony Blair's July 2009 Australian visit. Mr Blair converted publicly to Catholicism in 2008. In Australia that year, he argued that the West was facing an internal crisis of confidence, as well as external threats. Blair warned in particular against what he called 'aggressive secularism' and the Western tendency to 'see people of religious faith as people to be pushed to one side'. The Australian's 'editor at large', Paul Kelly, responded enthusiastically. Blair's position represented 'the best argument against the rise of secular intolerance and its distorting of history in the education system by seeking to downgrade or eliminate religion in the West's story'. This stood in contrast to the Australian Labour Party's disastrous' distancing from the Christian tradition. Kelly styled Blair as opposing 'the fashionable Western idea that religion can be suppressed or confined to the private realm' as 'a delusion and dangerous'. The Australian's position is not surprising, given the news paper's long- standing, US-influenced neoconservative position.
Language eng
Field of Research 220201 Business and Labour History
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DP120104085
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Arena Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056008

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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