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47th Annual Barry Marshall Lecture
Why Australia Needs Theology

This lecture examines the past and present place of Christian theological scholarship in Australian politics and society, showing how theology is almost entirely discredited as a result of the failure of the churches in a wide range of areas, most notably the sexual abuse of children. It proposes that Australia still needs theology, and explores how theological scholarship might contribute in the future in three ways:

  • traditional proclamation of the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ
  • motivating all Australians to the service of others
  • using theological methodology to be attentive to what Australians actually believe - whether religious or not - and how those beliefs shape the world in which we live.

The Lecture will be presented by Canon Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity.

The annual Barry Marshall Lecturer commemorates the life of a former Chaplain of Trinity College, Melbourne, a Bush Brother, and an outstanding priest whose life was cut short by an accdent as he was about to commence work as the Principal of Pusey House, Oxford.

This is a free event, but bookings are essential.


7.30pm, Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Light refreshements will be served from 7.00pm


Craig Auditorium
Trinity College
100 Royal Parade


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