Modest proposals for a better Australian politics


How we can contribute constructively to political discourse when we may disagree.


This issue aims to address how we might bridge deep impasses in theological discourse and policy formation in contemporary Australia. The articles within come at the question from different angles and with a diverse range of interlocutors that include Plato, Aristotle, the apostle
Paul, Thomas Hobbes, Edmund Burke, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Stanley Hauerwas. All contributors agree, however, on the importance of theologically and historically informed ways of being in the world that promote public discourse and political activism that is robust and critical, yet empathetic and respectful.

These articles also reinforce the truism that if all citizens of differing viewpoints have a right to be at the discussion table in a pluralistic democracy, then citizens with religious and theological convictions have no less a right—and indeed a responsibility—to contribute constructively at that table. This issue of St Mark’s Reviews offers both a resource and an encouragement for such conversations.