BOOKS

Benjamin T. Jones, Atheism for Christians: Are There Lessons for the Religious World from the Secular Tradition?,(Eugene: Wipf and Stock 2016).

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What can Mary Wollstonecraft teach Christians about sexual ethics? Can John Stuart Mill help the church understand toleration? Are there lessons for the Christian world from writers like Marx, Nehru, Shelley, Popper, and Hume? Atheism for Christians looks at the work of some of the most influential secular thinkers and asks what Christians can learn without giving up their faith or core values. Looking at important modern issues such as gender equality, same-sex marriage, creationism and evolution, abortion, universal health, biblical literalism, and religious tribalism, this work offers a fresh perspective on old questions.
The Bible says the value of wisdom is far above rubies. It should not matter where that wisdom comes from. The Christian world should be able to celebrate and learn from the intellectual giants in the secular tradition just as atheists can still appreciate the great academic and artistic contribution of Christianity. The nexus between faith and reason is sometimes stretched but should never be abandoned. Atheism for Christians offers a unique insight into the work of some of the greatest secular thinkers and argues there is much to learn.

Benjamin T. Jones, Republicanism and Responsible Government: The shaping of democracy in Australia and Canada, (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press 2014).

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Despite remarkable similarities, little attempt has been made to compare the political development of colonial-era Australia and Canada. Both nations were born as British colonies and used violent and non-violent means to agitate for democratic freedoms. Republicanism and Responsible Government explores how these sister colonies transformed the very nature of the British Empire by insisting on democratic self-rule.

Focusing on the middle of the nineteenth century, Benjamin Jones explores key points in colonial Australian and Canadian history – Canada’s Rebellions of 1837-38 and the Durham Report, and Australia’s anti-transportation movement and the Eureka Stockade. Previously, historians have looked to liberalism when explaining radicalism and democratization. Jones, however, contends that Canadian and Australian radicals and reformers were influenced by the ancient political philosophy of civic republicanism, with its focus on collectivism, civic duty, and virtue. William Lyon Mackenzie and John Dunmore Lang, he argues, did not champion republicanism to achieve individual rights but to create a virtuous society free from the corruption they saw in the status quo.

Republicanism and Responsible Government challenges traditional interpretations of key events in Australian and Canadian history and shows that even though both nations remain constitutional monarchies, republican ideas have shaped their foundations since the earliest days of settlement.

Benjamin T. Jones and Mark McKenna, Project Republic: Plans and Ideas for a New Australia, (Melbourne: Black Inc 2013).

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It’s time for some straight talk about Australia’s future.

We need a head of state who shares a genuine affinity with our country. True independence does not require us to relinquish affection for the Queen or downplay excitement about a royal birth or wedding. Rather it is a chance for national renewal, and to lend an Australian dignity to the highest office in the land. In short: to decide what kind of country we want to live in.

Featuring forewords by Malcolm Turnbull and Wayne Swan,Project Republic unites a range of passionate Australian voices to show why Australia must become a republic – and how we can get there from here.

Contributors include Henry Reynolds, Thomas Keneally, Larissa Behrendt, John Hirst, Julian Morrow, Helen Irving, Mark Tredinnick, John Warhurst, David Morris, George Williams, Joy McCann, Erika Smith, Anthony Dillon, Paul Pickering, James Curran, David Donovan and George Winterton.

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Benjamin T. Jones et. al., ‘If you build it, they may not come: Why Australian university students do not participate in outbound mobility experiences’, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 13:3 (2016).

Benjamin T. Jones, ‘Currency Culture: Australian identity and nationalism in New South Wales before the gold rushes’, Australian Historical Studies, Accepted forthcoming (2016)

Benjamin T. Jones et. al., ‘Jafari and Transformation: A model to enhance short-term overseas study tours’, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 27 (2016).

Benjamin T. Jones, ‘Eureka Britannia: Civic Republicanism and the Politics of Rebellion in the British World’, in David Headon and John Uhr (eds.), Eureka: Australia’s Greatest Story, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2015).

Benjamin T. Jones, ‘Australia and the British Monarchy’, British Politics Review, 10 (2015).

Benjamin T. Jones and Paul Pickering, ‘A New Terror to Death: Public Memory and the disappearance of John Dunmore Lang’, History Australia, 11:2 (2014).

Benjamin T. Jones and Andrew Carr, ‘Civic republicanism and Sir Robert Menzies: The non-liberal side of the Liberal leader’, Journal of Australian Studies, 37: 4 (2013).

Benjamin T. Jones, ‘Embracing the Enemy: How the desert has shaped the Australian National Identity’, Australian Geographic, September-October (2013)

Benjamin T. Jones, “The United States of Australia: Amongst the mighty nations of the earth”, Australian Geographic, March-April (2013).

Benjamin T. Jones, ‘Colonial Republicanism: Re-examining the Impact of Civic Republican Ideology in Pre-constitution New South Wales’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, 11 (2009).

 

 

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