Dawson Centre Colloquium, 29 and 30 June, 2018

A World without Christianity

On Friday and Saturday 29 and 30 June 2018 the Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies will host its fourth annual colloquium in Hobart, Tasmania. The Dawson Colloquium is a conversation, not a multi-stream conference. There are no keynote speeches, as all are considered important to the flow of ideas; speakers are encouraged to attend all papers. The colloquium will conclude with a panel discussion.

What would a Post-Christian world look like if John Lennon’s atheistic hope were to become a reality?

Imagine there’s no heaven –
It’s easy if you try;
No hell below us,
Above us only sky.

Imagine all the people living for today.

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion too.

Imagine all the people living life in peace.

 You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.

Is it easy to imagine? Is religion a hindrance to peace – or quite the opposite? Would our world be a better place stripped of all religion, but particularly of Christianity? Would we be the poorer or the richer for that? What, if anything, would or could take Christianity’s place? What is the case for retaining and recognising religion as a vital asset, part of our social capital? Do we, after all, have any choice in the matter?


We invite submissions from persons interested in addressing the topic. Speakers should not only identify and evaluate problems arising from the disappearance of religion but where appropriate propose practical solutions.

Total time allocation for each paper will be 45 minutes, which should include time for questions and discussion (the proportion at each presenter’s discretion). Proceedings will be recorded and posted on the internet, and published late in 2018 or early 2019.

Proposals should be sent to Dr David Daintree, Director, Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies director@dawsoncentre.org, 0408 87 9494.