Sacred icon: Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House

Murphy, Peter (2009) Sacred icon: Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. In: Paranjape, Makarand, (ed.) Sacred Australia: post-secular considerations. Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, pp. 286-305.

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[Extract] Australia is a secular society-in many ways, an emphatically secular society. There are few visible traces of organised religion in the daily life of its people. The process of secularisation has bitten deep in the Australian psyche. Only a small minority of Australians attends church or engages in any form of corporate religious activity. When Australia was settled by Europeans at the end of the eighteenth century, churches were still an important social institution. Today they are marginal. Everyday habits continue to be shaped by the ingrained ethos of Protestantism and Catholicism. But organised religious activity and ritual has shrunk into the social background. It barely rates a mention in conversation.

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