Centre for Research on Social Inclusion
PhD Flinders, PhD UNSW
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Director
(02) 9850 4431
Religion and politics; religion and law; religion and citizenship; religious diversity; religious freedom; democracy, difference and inclusion; Durkheim.
Marion Maddox is the leading authority on the intersection of religion and politics in Australia. She is currently Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Research on Social Inclusion. She holds PhDs in theology (Flinders 1992) and political philosophy (UNSW 2000), and has taught Australian politics and religious studies in universities in Australia and New Zealand.
As the 1999-2000 Australian Parliamentary Fellow, she interviewed some fifty serving and retired federal Members and Senators about their views on faith and public life, resulting in For God and Country: Religious Dynamics in Australian Federal Politics (Canberra: Parliament of Australia 2001).
Her landmark work, God Under Howard: The Rise of The Religious Right in Australian Politics (Sydney: Allen & Unwin 2005), was 'an exemplary case study of the interaction between religion and politics in Australia today' (Times Literary Supplement).
Marion is currently researching religion-state relations and adjusting her sourdough to the Sydney climate.
Current & Recent Positions
2008 - Director, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney
2006-7 - Reader, Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
2001 - Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
2000 - Lecturer, Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
1999 - Australian Parliamentary Fellow, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, providing research services for the Social Policy and Politics and Public Administration groups, and writing For God and Country
1997-8 - Lecturer, Australian Politics, University of Adelaide, Australia
1993-6 - Senior Lecturer, Religion Studies, University of South Australia
1992 - Lecturer, Religion Studies, University of South Australia
Books (single authored)
2005. God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
2001. For God and Country: Religious Dynamics in Australia's Parliament. Canberra: Department of the Parliamentary Library.
1993. Myth, Ritual and the Sacred: Introducing the phenomena of religion Adelaide: Texts in Humanities (co-authored with Norman Habel and Michael O'Donoghue).
Short Monographs and Online Publications
2006. 'A Case for Public Theology in Secular Contexts', University of Auckland School of Theology, annual public lecture.
2006. 'God and New Zealand Public Life', Ferguson Lecture, Auckland.
2001. Indigenous Socioeconomic Indicators, Benefits and Expenditure, Research Papers Online, Canberra: Department of the Parliamentary Library (co-authored with John Garden, Peter Yeend and Coral Dow).
2000. Indigenous Religion in Secular Australia, Research Paper 11, 1999-2000, Canberra: Department of the Parliamentary Library.
1998. Guest-edited special issue of Australian Religion Studies Review, Vol. 11 No. 2, themed issue Religion and Politics.
2011 'Are Religious Schools Inclusive or Exclusive?' International Journal of Cultural Policy 17(2), 170-186
2011 'A Secular Cancellation of the Secularist Truce: Religion and Political Legitimation in Australia' Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Vol 2 287-308
2011 'The Church, the State and the Classroom: Questions Posed by an Overlooked Sector in Australia's Education Market' University of NSW Law Journal Forum 34(1): 300-314
2011. 'Are Religous Schools Socially Inclusive or Exclusive? An Australian Conundrum' International Journal of Cultural Policy 17(2): 170-186
2009. 'Exploring Religion and Politics: Introduction' Australian Religion Studies Review 22(3): 322-323
2009. 'An Argument for More, Not Less, Religion in Australian Politics' Australian Religion Studies Review 22(3): 345-367
2009. 'Back Room Religion' (refereed Review Essay) Australian Review of Public Affairs March
2008. 'The Right Hand of God and the Left Hand of God' (refereed Review Essay) Australian Review of Public Affairs May
2007. 'Religion, Secularism and the Promise of Public Theology' International Journal of Public Theology 1, pp 85-103.
2005. 'Howard's Methodism: How convenient?!' Journal of Australian Studies 82, pp 93-106 This article, which appeared in print in December 2004, was the featured article on the Journal of Australian Studies web page in Oct 2005.
2004. 'People Like That": Race, Religion and Values in Recent Australian Political Rhetoric', Proceedings of the Australasian Political Studies Association 2004 Conference.
2003. 'God, Caesar and Alexander', Australian Quarterly Vol. 75 No. 4, pp 4-9.
2002. 'All In the Family: Women, Religion and the Australian Right' (2002 Penny Magee Memorial Lecture) Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 15 No. 2, pp 13-28.
2001. 'Blackleg Churches? The changing relationship between religion and executive government' (2001 Presidential Address to the Australian Association for the Study of Religions) Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 5-16 (An abridged version of this article reprinted in Pointers Vol. 12 No. 1 2002; the full version is reprinted in 2002 in Brian Howe and Philip Hughes, eds, Spirit of Australia vol II).
2001. 'Whatever Happened to Equality?' Social Alternatives Vol. 20 No. 3 pp. 14-18.
2000. '"With Hope in God": The Preamble Debate, Religion and Public Values' (2000 Presidential Address to the Australian Association for the Study of Religions) Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 13 No. 1 (Reprinted in Brian Howe and Alan Nichols (eds), The Spirit of Australia Melbourne: Australian Theological Forum 2001).
1999. 'Affirmative Action: Liberal Accommodation or Radical Trojan Horse?', Australian Journal of Law and Society 14, pp. 1-14 .
1999. 'For God and States' Rights: Euthanasia in the Senate' Legislative Studies Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 51-61.
1998. 'Religion and the Secular State Revisited', Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 11 No. 2, pp 97-113.
1998. 'What is a Fabrication? The Political Status of Religious Belief', Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 11 No. 1, pp 5-16.
1997. 'How Late Night Theology Sparked A Royal Commission into Indigenous Australian Religious Belief' Sophia: International Journal for Philosophical Theology and Cross-cultural Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp 111-135 (Research partly funded by a University of South Australia Faculty of Education Small Grant).
1996. 'Bodies, Equality and Truth: What Does Affirmative Action Affirm?' Alternative Law Journal Vol. 21 No. 4, pp 168-172.
1993. 'Ethics and Rhetoric of the Starving Child' Social Semiotics Vol. 3 No. 1 pp 71-94.
2011 'Religion as the New Race' in Yilma Tafere Tasew (ed) Outcast: the Plight of Black African Refugees, Trenton NJ: Africa World Press, pp 69-82.
2011 'Salvation and Conquest: The Battle for Australia' in Andrew Murphy (ed) The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 424-438.
In Press. 'Australia and New Zealand' Blackwell Introduction to World Christianity (ed Charles Fahardian), accepted 31 January 2009
In Press. 'Saved By Shopping' in The New Religious Field (ed Raphaël Liogier), accepted 13 November 2008
2009. 'Religion, State and Politics in Australia', in James Jupp (ed), Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia Cambridge University Press, pp 608-620.
2009. 'Hillsong and the Megachurches', in James Jupp (ed), Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia Cambridge University Press, pp 325-329.
2007. 'Methodism' Oxford Companion to Australian Politics (ed. Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts), Oxford University Press 2007, pp 340-342.
2006. 'When God Meets Politics' in Tim Wright (ed), Time for Change, Melbourne: Hardie Grant, pp 121-138.
2005. 'What Should Be the Place of Religion in Australian Politics?' in Cameron Schraener (ed), 2005 Peace Yearbook, Sydney: People for Nuclear Disarmament, pp 3-6.
2005. 'Religion, Family and Invention of Tradition' in Tim Battin (ed), A Passion for Politics: Essays in honour of Graham Maddox, Sydney: Pearson Education Australia, pp 223-234.
2004. 'One Country Under Howard' in Geoffrey Barker et al, A Win and a Prayer: Scenes from the 2004 Australian election Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, pp 43-49.
2003 'Durkheim Beyond Liberalism: Liberal accommodations of group rights' in Paul Morris and Helen Greatrex (eds), Human Rights Research, Wellington: Victoria Human Rights Programme, pp 71-102.
2003. 'Blackleg Churches? The changing relationship between church and executive government' in Brian Howe and Philip Hughes (eds) Spirit of Australia vol. II, Melbourne: Australian Theological Forum, pp 145-163.
2001. 'The Preamble Debate: Religion and Public Values in Australia' in Brian Howe and Alan Nichols (eds), Spirit of Australia: Religion in Citizenship and National Life, Melbourne, Australian Theological Forum, pp 150-180.
2000. 'Baring All: Testimony as Moral Exhortation', Paul Corcoran and Vicky Spencer (eds), Disclosures London: Ashgate, pp. 69-99.
1998. 'Religion in the Hindmarsh Island Controversy', George Couvalis, Helen Macdonald and Cheryl Simpson (eds), Cultural Heritage: Values and Rights Flinders University Centre for Applied Philosophy, pp. 61-79.
1997. 'Sticks and Stones: Religious Freedom, State Neutrality and Indigenous Heritage Protection' in George Crowder et al (eds), Australasian Political Studies 1997 (Vol. 2), Bedford Park: Flinders University, pp 637-652.
1994. 'Nor Ever Chast Except You Ravish Mee: Sexual Politics and Protestant Pieties' in Penny Magee and Morny Joy (eds), Claiming Our Rites: Australian Feminist Essays in Religion Adelaide: Australian Association for the Study of Religion, pp 37-56.
Refereed Conference Papers
2008. (invited) 'Saved By Shopping' La croyance dans tous ses états conference, University of Aix-Marseilles, November.
2008. 'Why We Need More Religion in Australian Politics, Not Less', delivered at the Academy of the Social Sciences funded workshop Religion in Australian Politics, co-convened with James Jupp, Sydney, September.
2007. 'Secularism and Religious Politics: An Australian Exception', for the conference 'Secularism and Beyond-Comparative Perspectives', organised by the research priority area 'Religion in the 21st Century', University of Copenhagen in cooperation with Dep. of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham and Dep. of Legal Philosophy and Law of Culture and Religion, University of Vienna, 29 May-1 June.
2007. 'Accommodating Religious Diversity: Beyond Liberal Dilemmas', for the conference 'Globalization, Immigration and Change in Religious Movements', organised by Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux 3 - Master Religions et Sociétés, CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions, Italy) and ISAR (Institute for the Study of American Religions), Santa Barbara, California, 7-9 June.
2006. 'Religion and Secularism' Australian Association for the Study of Religions, Adelaide, July.
2005. 'Australia's Religious Right: How far can American comparisons take us?' Australasian Political Studies Association, Dunedin, September.
2005. 'Secularisation and Fundamentalist Politics: Beyond American Exceptionalism', Invitation-only International Symposium on Religion and Multicultural Citizenship, University of New South Wales, 10-13 July.
2005. 'Howard and the Resurgence of Christian Politics', One Nation Under God: Religion in the 2004 Australian Federal Election conference, Sydney, February.
2004. 'People Like That: Race, religion and values in recent Australian political rhetoric', Australasian Political Studies Association, Adelaide, October.
2003. 'Howard's Social Policy: Where Does It Come From and How Long Will It Last?', Australasian Political Studies Association, Hobart, October. Re-presented by invitation to:
- Politics and Public Administration Group, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Canberra (22 October)
- Sydney University Department of Government (30 October)
- University of NSW School of Politics (4 November)
2002. 'What is Religion For? Durkheim and the "Religion of Man"', New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion, Wellington, December.
2002. 'Instrumental Religion and the Family Values Right', Prophecy, Power and Pluralism: International Conference on Religion and Politics in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Wellington, December.
2002. 'Religion and Australian Politics: Out of the Methodological Bog', Australasian Political Studies Association, Canberra, October.
2002. 'Durkheim Beyond Liberalism', Cross-Campus Symposium on International Human Rights Theory, Wellington, August.
2002. 'The Political Price of Religious Innocence', XVth ISA World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, July.
2001. 'Whatever Happened to the Lyons Forum?' Australasian Political Studies Association, September.
2001. 'Fasting for Feasters' Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Wellington, March.
Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries and Journalism
2007. 'Church, State and Politics', Cambridge Companion to Australian Religion (ed. James Jupp), 7000 words.
2007. 'Hillsong and the Megachurches', Cambridge Companion to Australian Religion (ed. James Jupp), 2000 words.
2007. Alister McGrath & Darren Marks (eds) The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism (Review) Australian Religion Studies Review.
2007. Michael Carden, Sodomy: A History of a Christian Biblical Myth (Review) Australian Religion Studies Review.
2007. Emma Crewe & Marion Müller (eds), Rituals in Parliament (Review) Implicit Religion.
2007. Max Charlesworth et al, Aboriginal Religions in Contemporary Australia (Review) Cultural Studies Review.
2007. 'Steve Bruce, Politics and Religion' (Review) Journal of Religious History.
2007. 'Methodism' qv, Oxford Companion to Australian Politics (ed. Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts), Oxford University Press.
2006. 'Response to Amanda Lohrey', Quarterly Essay 23, pp 73-75.
2005. 'Reply to the Review of God Under Howard', in Australian Journal of Political Science 40(3) (invited response to review in the previous issue).
2005. 'Australia's Christian Right: Be Alert (and Alarmed)', New Matilda, 26 January.
2005. 'Old Time Religion Unfurls New Prolife Flag', Courier Mail (Brisbane daily newspaper), 2 February.
2004. 'Johannes Coccejus' qv, Routledge Encyclopedia of Protestantism New York: Routledge, pp 472-473.
2004. 'God, Howard and Evangelical Politics', Australian Policy Online.
2004. 'God and Government', The Diplomat: Australia's Window on the World 1 December.
2004. 'Margaret Simons, The Meeting of the Waters' (Review) South Australian Historical Society Journal.
2003. 'Marcella Althaus Reid, Indecent Theology' (Review).
2003. 'Cultural Justice' qv (my contribution 10 000 words), UNESCO Encylopedia of Life Support Systems, Oxford: EOLSS Publishers.
2001. 'Richard Trudgen, Why Warriors Lie Down and Die' (Review) Uniting Church Studies Vol. 7 No. 1, pp 56-59.
2000. 'Free Will, Civil Religion and National Identity', New Zealand Humanist No. 148.
Keynote Addresses, Invited Seminars and Public Lectures
2008. 'Saved by Shopping', States of Belief invitation-only symposium, University of Aix-en-Provence, November.
2008. 'Religion and Social Inclusion', invited plenary session, FRSA National Conference, Cairns, November.
2008. 'The Elusive Inclusive Republic', Freilich Foundation Annual Lecture on Bigotry and Tolerance, ANU, October.
2008. '"There isn't a Racist Bone in my Body": Religion and Race in the Politics of Fear', Charles Strong Memorial Lecture, University of Auckland, July.
2006. 'A Case for Public Theology in Secular Contexts', University of Auckland School of Theology annual public lecture, July.
2006. 'God and New Zealand Public Life', Ferguson Lecture, Auckland July.
2005. 'Religion and Politics', keynote address, Sea of Faith Movement annual conference, Auckland, 21 May.
2005. 'God and My Right: the rise of the religious right', Theological Ferment series of public lectures, St Peters Anglican Church, Wellington, 18 May.
2005. 'God and Howard', public lecture, Victoria University Continuing Education, Wellington, 6 May.
2005. 'God Under Howard: Response to Critics', Australian National University Research School of Social Sciences political science seminar, Canberra, 20 April.
2005. 'Religion and Politics', Politics Society public forum, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 18 April, with Hon. Brian Howe and Senator-elect Steve Fielding, chaired by Prof. Judith Brett.
2005. 'Religion and Welfare', Brotherhood of St Laurence and Melbourne University Public Policy Seminar, 15 April.
2005. 'Whatever Happened to Liberation Theology?' Theological Ferment series of public lectures, St Peters Anglican Church, Wellington, 6 April.
2005. 'God Under Howard', Stout Centre Showcase Vic seminar series, Victoria University Wellington, 16 March.
2004. 'Religion, Identity and Two Recent Elections', keynote address, New Zealand Association for the Study or Religions, Wellington, December.
2004. 'Backlash: Race and Religion' St Andrews Trust Lecture, Wellington, November.
2003. 'Howard's Social Policy: Where Does It Come From and How Long Will It Last?' Politics and Public Administration Group, Parliament House, Canberra, 22 October; Government Department, Sydney University, 30 October; School of Politics, University of NSW, 4 November.
2003. 'What, Exactly, Do Liberals Want to Quarantine, and Why Doesn't It Work?', Politics Seminar, RSSS, ANU, 10 September.
2002. 'All in the Family: Women, Religion and the Australian Right', Penny Magee Memorial Lecture, University of New England, Armidale NSW, July.
2000. 'Religion and Australian Politics', Vital Issues Seminar, Parliament House, Canberra.
2001. 'Beyond Liberalism: God and the Constitution', Invited plenary session, Australian New Zealand Association for Theological Studies, Melbourne, July.
2001. Presidential Address, Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Melbourne, July.
2000. Presidential Address, Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Brisbane, July.
2000. 'With Hope in God: Religion, the Preamble Debate and Public Values in Australia', Vital Issues Seminar, Parliament House, Canberra.
Australasian Political Studies Association
American Academy of Religion
Australian Association for Study of Religions (Vice President 1997-9, President 1999-2001)
New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions (Treasurer 2001-6)
2005. 'Reasons for Hope, Strategies for Progress' Social Action Office of the Council Religious Institutes, Queensland, Canberra.
1999. 'Indigenous Religion and the Secular State' Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Parliament House, Canberra.
1995. 'Women in a Changing World' Anglican Archdiocese of Adelaide.
1995. 'Cases in Business Ethics' University of South Australia Centre for Applied and Professional Ethics and St Paul's Centre for Business Ethics, Adelaide.
1994. 'Professional Ethics' Australian Association of Tertiary Education Administrators, Adelaide.
1993. 'Victims and Power' Joint Churches' Working Group on Domestic Violence, Adelaide.
1992. 'Ethics and Care' Grosvenor Community Services (NSW Dept of Family and Community Services), Sydney.