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Religion and the Land

Calma, Tom (2010) Religion and the Land. In: The Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, 5-7 July 2010, Trinity College, Melbourme, Australia.

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This paper, composed by an Indigenous Australian, who has been for many years national Race Discrimination Commissioner, discusses the future of religion in Australian society from the perspective of the anthropological, cultural and spiritual heritage of Indigenous Australians, who comprise the longest surviving culture in the world (over 60,000 years). Pervasive in every aspect of Indigenous life is a traditional spirituality, "the Dreaming", that is also essentailly tied to the Land. While Indigenous culture and the Christianity brought by missionaries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries can co-exist, contemporary Indigenous wellbeing is inseparable from spiritual wellbeing and in particular secure ownership of the land. Indigenous peoples of the world have a particular collective value as holders of a living heritage about the meaning of what it really is to be a human in relation to the natural world. The second half of the paper clarifies and reflects upon the reaction to research conducted by the author when Race Discrimination Commissioner and certain preliminary findings of the research. In the face of negative reaction in some quarters it is argued that people of faith should have nothing to fear about proposals to enshrine freedom of religion and belief in law.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Lecture)
Additional Information: Tom Calma was a keynote speaker at the MCD Centenary Conference
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Tom Calma, Aboriginal Spirituality and the Land, 'Indiginous genetic link to the Land', 'freedom of religion', 'freedom of belief', APRO June 2007, human rights, 'human relationship to the Land'
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pacifica
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 22:10
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 02:38
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/577

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