In search of an archetypal theology with Fr Eugene Stockton...
In this second conversation with Fr Eugene Stockton to introduce an extended investigation into the theological insights common to all religions, Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, quizes Fr Eugene about the different ways in which the indigenous peoples he has encountered view life and the world in different ways to Western people.
recorded 2 July 2012
In the continuation of this conversation which we will publish next Thursday, Fr Eugene begins to provide some of his insights into Aboriginal spirituality and the different ways in which the indigenous people relate to one another, to their land, and to the spiritual forces they perceive shape their life.
Brian Coyne, 19 July 2012
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©2012Eugene Stockton and Brian Coyne
Landmarks is an exploration of an Australian spirituality. Drawing on the cultural influences now in our land, it offers a graded, comprehensive presentation of gospel teachings, with an Australian diction and imagery. The reader may find in it fresh insights into traditional spiritual themes. Each theme is introduced in terms of an 'Australian setting', focusing on one particular aspect of the Australian experience. The body of each chapter analyses that experience, exploring the parallels with its biblical counterpart. The bible is used, not as a book about God or a store of normative texts, but as the story of a people, who are our spiritual ancestors. The attempt is made to insert ourselves into that story, with all its ups and downs, to identify our own experience in its unfolding, and through it to catch the vision of God which the past projects onto our present and future.