The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit is an enigma. Seen by early European explorers as barren and godforsaken, western attitudes to Land in Australia now recognise its great beauty and spirituality. The ‘Dead Centre’ has a ‘Red Heart’.
Dr. Chris Dalton takes this a step further by suggesting that Land in Australia be understood in terms of relationships, rather than utility, and develops the case for environmental legislation to address the rights of Land, rather than just treating Land as an object.
In reaching this conclusion, Dr. Dalton draws on the evolution of Australian landscape art and poetry; experiences encountered while undertaking a ‘Spirit Journey’ through central Australia; a case study of the regulation of coal seam gas mining; indigenous spirituality; and theological reflection.