Interview with Greg Sheridan
2nd December 2021
By John Foulcher
Eremos provides a forum to explore, express and dialogue about matters of faith and belief. This dialogue is needed more than ever in our polarised world today, hearing a range of voices and engaging in conversation. As editor of the EREMOS magazine, I was interested to interview Greg Sheridan about his book, Christians: The Urgent Case for Jesus in Our World and engage with him about his perspectives. We are pleased to be able to share with you the entire interview.
Greg Sheridan has been one of Australia’s foremost commentators on national and international affairs for many years; he’s respected and admired by people of all political persuasions. He’s also a committed Christian who’s insistent about the need for a robust, unapologetic face to belief in this country. On the heels of his best seller from 2018, God is Good for You, he’s published this year Christians: The Urgent Case for Jesus in Our World. As the title suggests, this most recent book is more concerned with the exploration of those who profess the faith, both ancient and modern, and the way they translate their faith into action in the publish sphere.
In the interview in September we talked for over an hour. It was an enlivening, enriching experience. Sheridan has born and raised a Catholic, and faith seems like a second skin to him; he’s passionate about the person of the living Christ and laments a world where Christianity is often caricatured and demonised.
He discusses here the historicity of the New Testament and the nature of Biblical scholarship. He also talks of Christians at work in modern Australia, in both social enterprises and politics. Above all, he emphasises the role Christianity has played in shaping our values, whether we acknowledge it or not, and the dangers in underestimating the need for God in our world. Christians, he asserts, have nothing to be ashamed of and plenty to celebrate. In the face of ‘post-modern madness’, Christianity offers hope and meaning, and is not to be lightly dismissed.
The December 2021 edition of EREMOS contains a truncated transcript of the interview. https://www.eremos.org.au/current-issue
The recording of the entire interview is available here: