The contemporary triumph of secular rationality over any kind of Christian virtue or spirituality in Western civilisation (outside the US) is now so complete that there is reason to be concerned about overplaying zealous anti-religious sentiment.
Christians have not assisted themselves in this regard by being deaf, dumb, and blind to grotesque crimes by clergy against children. Nor have they proven equal to the task of addressing socio-economic and political changes in the past 70 years that expose old fashioned approaches dating back to the 16th century as laughably ineffective.
Against this background, even egalitarian Australia still has its advocates of Christian virtues, if such virtues can indeed be found. That a senior member of the next putative government should publicly stand as one of these advocates should therefore have sparked a little more interest than it actually did.
When Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Eric Abetz (Lib, TAS), addressed the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Conference in Brisbane on Saturday (4 May 2013), his remarks went largely unreported. Perhaps because those journalists who did attend decided it was better not to say anything at all if there was not a hint of the positive in it.