Christian Spirituality in Aboriginal Australian context


Their Way: Towards Indigenous Warlpiri Christianity by Ivan Jordan

A wonderful book about the development of the Christian 'purlapa' (traditional dance) and Warlpiri iconography are two of the most significant phenomena in the history of missions in Australia.

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The Lamb Enters the Dreaming by Robert Kenny

A unique, seminal work about co-opted beliefs when European missionaries encountered Australian Aboriginals.

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Blood bones and spirit: Aboriginal Christianity in an East Kimberly Town by Heather McDonald

In this fascinating and beautifully written book, Heather McDonald examines Aboriginal people's experiences of colonialism and post-colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Kanyini video

“I urge everyone to watch Kanyini. It is entirely compelling and incredibly important. Bob tells his life story with such simplicity, eloquence and awareness. As we watch it, we realise his story is also our story. It is a film that reminds us of the truth of life, as well as the truth of Australia's history. Not just between black and white, but our relationship with all that surrounds us and our tendency to attempt to segregate - unsuccessfully - time and time again.” ​ Toni Collette Australian actress and musician

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Anderson's view on Aboriginal Christian Spirituality: "Who are you putting first in your life?”

Anderson's Christian experience is foundationally shaped by his convictions of the Holy Spirit in his reading of the Bible. The paper unpacks Anderson’s experience of culture and the way in which it has informed his spiritual life and navigation of Christian and Indigenous traditions. While the primary objective of this paper is to allow Anderson George to speak on his own terms, some supporting literature enables the authors to frame Anderson’s position on navigating both cultural traditions, both in terms of presenting the nuances embedded in anthropological notions of indigenisation along with Anderson’s, and the “One Way” movement’s theological distinctive.

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Rodney Rivers - Australia, My Country: The smoking ceremony and it’s accursed effects

Rodney is an indigenous Aboriginal from the Kimberley in NW Australia. This article warns you about the dangerous consequences and the curses they will unknowingly put on themselves when involved in smoking ceremonies. 

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Clearing the smoke - why Christians differ on smoking ceremonies

This short article comes from Eternity news 2021. 

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Towards an Aboriginal Theology

In this article Graham Paulson at Common Grace attempts to address the issues about 'WHAT KIND OF THEOLOGY CAN HOLD TOGETHER, with integrity, both Indigenous and Christian identity?

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