Muriel Porter

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Muriel Porter
Born Muriel Lylie Carter
(1948-05-05) 5 May 1948 (age 68)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Alma mater
Occupation Journalist, author
Known for Critique of the Anglican Church of Australia

Muriel Lylie Porter OAM (born 15 May 1948) is an Australian journalist based in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a frequent contributor to The Age newspaper and The Melbourne Anglican diocesan newspaper, for which she mostly writes about issues concerning the Anglican Church of Australia in which she is a prominent layperson.[1] Porter is a representative of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne on the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.

She is critical of megachurches and is an advocate of the ordination of women,[2][3] homosexual unions and allowing non-celibate homosexual people to become clergy.[citation needed] She was involved in the formation of an Anglican submission recommending abortion be legalised in Victoria. She is also the author of several books, including The New Puritans: the rise of fundamentalism in the Anglican Church,[4] a book which is a critique of evangelicals in the Anglican Church.

Background and career[edit]

Muriel Porter was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Richard John Carter and Thelma Edith Richards. She was educated at Riverside Girls High School in Gladesville, the University of New England, the Australian National University, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Melbourne.[5]

Porter began a career in journalism as a cadet at the Sydney Morning Herald and then worked for a number of different newspapers including the Cambridge Evening News.[citation needed]

Porter was a member of staff at RMIT University in the journalism program and holds an honorary position at the University of Melbourne, lecturing on Historical and Philosophical Studies.[6]

In 2002 Porter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community as an advocate for women's and social justice issues, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.[7]

Theological views[edit]

Porter's theological view points are liberal. Liturgically she is in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. She has been very active in campaigning for women's ordination in the Diocese of Melbourne and in the Anglican Church in Australia where she serves on the church's general synod.

Published works[edit]

  • Beyond the twelve: women disciples in the Gospels (1989)
  • Women in the church: the great ordination debate in Australia (1989)
  • Land of the spirit?: the Australian religious experience (1990)
  • Sex, marriage and the church : patterns of change (1996)
  • Sex, power & the clergy (2003)
  • The new puritans: the rise of fundamentalism in the Anglican Church (2006)[8]
  • Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment (2011)[2]


  1. ^ "Muriel Porter". Griffith Review. Griffith University. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Mark (31 August 2011). "Opinion: Serious flaws in Muriel Porter's misguided polemic". Religion and Ethics. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Porter, Muriel (15 July 2014). "Opinion: Conservative Anglicans have women priests in their sights". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Zwartz, Barney. "The New Puritans: The Rise of Fundamentalism in the Anglican Church". Book Reviews. The Age. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Pearce, Suzannah, ed. (17 November 2006). "Porter, Muriel Lylie". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  6. ^ "Dr Muriel Porter". Find an expert. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Search: PORTER, Muriel Lylie". It's an honour. Australian Government. 10 June 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dr Muriel Porter and Anglican Bishop John McIntyre on the 'New Puritans'". The Religion Report. Australia: ABC Radio National. Archived from the original on 18 July 2006. 

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