There has been a lot of chatter in the past few days about the faith of our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Or, more specifically, her apparent agnosticism or atheism.
Ms Gillard acknowledges that she was “raised in the Baptist tradition,” even memorising Bible verses for prizes, but as an adult she took a different path. She says she respects the genuinely held religious beliefs of others, but it would be wrong to go through the motions just for the sake of appearance.
There are some who see this as heralding the end of civilization as we know it, but I take a different view. What matters most is not personal faith, which is an important but private matter, but public policy, political decision-making, good government.
As Christian thinker Norman Geisler puts it, “I would rather vote for an outright pagan who had the right policies than a born-again Christian who had the wrong policies.”
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 4 July 2010.
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