The leader of Australia’s largest Anglican Diocese, the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has urged Christians to be talk about their faith, especially at Easter.
Dr Davies said free speech about faith and spirituality has always been difficult.
“These days there is a lot of talk about free speech – are we really allowed to talk freely about faith?” Dr Davies said. “It was the same in Jesus’ day. The Roman rulers wanted to control the influence of religion on public life.”
Dr Davies also said there had been self-censorship on contentious subjects.
“Christians naturally want to speak about their faith at Easter – after all, isn’t the news of Jesus’ defeat of death by his resurrection to life – the most important thing we can consider?” In his annual Easter Message [pdf], the Archbishop also cited a survey which showed that when gathering with friends, more than half of all Australians are willing to talk about religion or spirituality. The survey indicated that the youngest Australians, Generation Z, are the most comfortable talking about it.
“Many will tell you the so-called i-generation is rejecting faith – but I don’t see that at all. The timeless events of Easter and Jesus’ love for us are vital truths for everyone – at least Gen Z is willing to talk about it – are you?” the Archbishop said.
The Archbishop has also encouraged people to give to Anglican Aid’s emergency appeal for those affected by the Tathra bushfires.