Theologies, liturgies and ecclesiologies that rely too heavily on tradition will find limited reception since their authenticity is questionable. This speaks to an irreligious element in the Australian psyche. Australians are reluctant to speak of God or the things of God, particularly the Churches, because such words and institutions are inherently untrustworthy and so need to win respect.

—-Gerard Moore, “Sacramentality: An Australian Perspective,” in Stephen Burns and Anita Monro, eds, Christian Worship in Australia (Strathfield, NSW: St. Pauls, 2009), p. 151.

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Pictures on the study wall: Gateshead, England / Paddington, Australia. (Photos: Stephen Burns.)