This subject examines Australia's national 'reconciliation' goal as illustrative of a nexus between theological objectives and political means. The context is set through a study of Christianitys place in Indigenous Australian histories, before assessing contemporary limits and possibilities for Christian engagement with public decision making in relation to, for example, the stolen generations, land rights, and self-determination. It examines the relevance of religious principles to these policies to illuminate the theology and politics of 'sorrow' and 'reconciliation', and their interconnectedness in public life. Comparative lessons will be drawn from Christian contributions to 'reconciliation' in indigenous public policy in other jurisdictions.
School of Theology
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