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Is God a European? Discussion – Thursday Oct 17

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The West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group invites you to a discussion – Is God a European?

Thursday October 17
7.00 – 8.30pm
at the West End Uniting Church
corner Sussex and Vulture Streets West End

We will explore biblical, European and Aboriginal notions of God and spirituality and ask the question – Did the European missionaries bring knowledge of God to this country or must the churches learn about God from Aboriginal people?

background reading –

Towards an Aboriginal Theology – Rev Graham Paulson

2009 revised preamble to the constitution of the Uniting Church of Australia

What is (or is not) Dreaming? – Penny Tripcony

Truth and Tradition. Why does the church act as an agent of colonisation? – John Tracey

West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group – Facebook page

Following is the text of the presentation given on the night –

Is God a European?

In this talk I will argue that the notion of God that is held and promoted by the mainstream Christian church today is an ideological construct of Europe’s cultural heritage, a continuation of the evolution of Helenist society. Hellenism refers to the culture of Greece and Rome although it has its roots in the Egyptian and Persian empires. It is the tradition of empire and so-called civilisation. Hellenist is what the bible refers to as gentile. I will argue that there is a strong similarity between notions of God in the bible and Australian Aboriginal notions of spirituality and that these notions are radically different from the religious notions of Europe. Continue reading