Freedom and Necessity in the Culture of Interpretation


  • Michael Giffin


I would like to offer a few reflections about the current situation of Literature and Theology in Australia, as an academic discipline. And it seems important to begin by noting that the very idea of an Australian university was built upon the premise that religion was a divisive influence which should be excluded from those institutions that would hopefully contribute to an Enlightened Australian Culture. This was a prevailing sentiment that dominated the constitution of every Australian state university, for generations the only providers of tertiary education in Australia.