The Acton Lecture

The Annual Acton Lecture for Religion and Freedom by the Hon. Heydon AC QC THURSDAY 10 APRIL 6:00PM - 7:30PM

The Acton Lecture | Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW |

The CIS is delighted to announce this year’s Acton Lecturer. Former High Court Judge the Hon. John Dyson Heydon AC QC will present his address on Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia.   Read More...

What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning From the States - Dr. Ryan Messmore 23 OCTOBER 2012

The Acton Lecture | Auditorium, Mary MacKillop Place |

Is it possible that today’s public square will only tolerate weaker, more marginal forms of religion? Is public religion relevant? If so, what might the implications be for government and social institutions?   Read More...

RELIGION & POLITICS IN ZIMBABWE - Senator David Coltart

The Acton Lecture | Theatrette, Parliament House, Parliament of NSW |

This year’s Annual Acton Lecture on Religion & Freedom will be delivered by prominent Zimbabwean politician, human rights lawyer, and pro-democracy activist, David Coltart.   Read More...

CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATISM: Dr Peter Berkowitz

The Acton Lecture | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

The annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom with Dr Peter Berkowitz will examine how social conservatives who embrace traditional religion and economic conservatives can be reconciled.   Read More...

Do Secular Societies Promote Religious Extremism? - Professor Tom Frame

The Acton Lecture | Sydney |

In looking at secularism in society, Tom Frame concludes that in a genuinely secular society all must recognise and respect the opinions of those with whom they disagree. They must accept that both the religious and non-religious ought to participate in public life and discourse. In this way, Australians can avoid creating a society of coercion and violence in the name of religion or of secularism.   Read More...

CHRISTIAN POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT - TIME TO GO GLOBAL - Jim Wallace

The Acton Lecture | Sydney |

Jim Wallace argues that while there is still a requirement to consolidate Christian influence on the Australian political scene, there is a pressing need for a broader global vision. The new world order of information highways and globalised economies is full of opportunities and threats. We are at a point in history where the influence of the Church is as important to the future human condition as it was in the industrial revolution, but this time the task is truly global, and as evidenced by terrorism, urgent.   Read More...

Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom - Rev Robert Forsyth

The Acton Lecture | The Masonic Centre |

Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire, especially where government legislation is concerned.   Read More...

The Moral Foundations of Freedom - George Weigel

The Acton Lecture | To be advised |

What happens when a society loses it moral capital? Can democracy thrive in a value-neutral environment? These are just some of the questions asked by one of America’s most respected theologians and commentators on religion and public life.   Read More...