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Civic Religion

Episode 98

Civic Religion

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

As Australia becomes more secular, is it in danger of losing its civic religion? Has it even had one in the first place?

This week, Megan and Michael discuss the place of “civic religion” in Australian society.

Defined as the implicit “religious” values of a nation – expressed through public ceremony, symbols, and rituals – our hosts ask if Australia even has a civic religion in the first place.

They then turn their eyes to the place of the Welcome to / Acknowledgement of Country in Australia: specifically in the church. What does it mean that some churches have pushed back against this now largely normal part of public procedure?

Finally, they take stock of a recent episode of Bluey and discuss why a children’s show (of all things) brought Michael to tears.

WADR is hosted by Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen. It is part of the Undeceptions podcast network. 


Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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