History

How They Wrote Religion Out of Australian History

I was in the staff club with the late Geoffrey Bolton when out of the blue he said: “I find the intensity of opposition to you in the department surprising.” I explained that I was an outspoken Tory among militant radicals, and my politics offended them. “No,” explained Bolton, “it’s your ordination.” This astounded me. It was the early 1990s. I had originally graduated from a theological college (more a boot-camp than a treasury of learning) and then attended university to equip myself for a school chaplaincy. The expanding university system of the 1960s and 1970s opened the way to…

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