As a professor who has taught at both faith-based and secular universities on three continents, I was excited to learn of Australia's first Protestant research university.
There are many excellent options for Christian and non-Christian higher education in Australia. But Australia needs to have a diversity of intellectual perspectives and philosophies in order to advance as a nation and to be a welcoming place for all peoples.
For five centuries now, the Protestant tradition has valued the pursuit of unity of truth. It is time for Australia to have a research university that continues this intellectual tradition. I hope that Christian University for Australia will be a custodian of this tradition.
Christian University for Australia has an important role to play and a bright future as a Bible-believing Protestant university that pursues faith and reason, as well as teaching and research -- in all academic disciplines. The Sunshine Coast is the perfect location for this endeavour. I wish Christian University for Australia the best in forming a world class university.