Honouring the Anzacs: Have we gone too far?

Have we gone beyond simply a day of remembrance?
Mike Raiter
Bible reference(s): 
John 15:12-13; Romans 5:6-8
Sun 23 Apr 2023
Jesus' death
Media and current affairs
Anzac Day
Logos Live
Bigger Questions

ANZAC Day has gone simply beyond a holiday of remembrance, to a 'holy' day - a day more sacred to Australians than Australia Day. Is ANZAC Day now the national Australian holiday? Indeed, the stories about ANZAC Day have 'grown in their retelling'. Is this a problem? Does this process describe the way in which the stories of the New Testament have come to us?

Mike discusses the way in which ANZAC Day functions as Australia's national religion. He explores the reasons for this, and also the similarities and crucial differences between ANZAC Day and the story of Jesus. A must listen episode if you want to understand modern Australian culture.

Our guest: Mike Raiter is an international speaker and the director of Centre for Biblical Preaching (CBP). He is also the author of several books, including Stirrings of the Soul: Evangelicals and the New Spirituality, which won the 2004 SPCK Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

This episode of Bigger Questions was recorded under the previous title 'Logos Live', and part of the Words to Live by series in April 2016, two days after the Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon.