Stuart Piggin’s history of Australian evangelicals has been well received by secular as well as religious historians.
This revised edition brings the story right up to the present, covering the worldwide expansion of Sydney Anglicans and Hillsong Pentecostals. While Australia has become increasingly ‘secular’, evangelicals have become more engaged than ever in politics, education and social welfare.
Written in a lively, accessible, and engaging way, this story raises intriguing questions about the spiritual dimension in Australian life.
Associate Professor Stuart Piggin is the Director of the Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience at Macquarie University and Head of the Christian Thought Department of the Australian College of Theology. His books include The Mount Kembla Disaster (1992), Firestorm of the Lord (2000) and Shaping the Good Society in Australia (2006).
'Stuart’s new chapter is placed within the larger writing of evangelical history, and shows our movement to be both internally diverse yet culturally distinct. Who would have thought that the defense of vital piety in the modern secular world could be presented as such a ripping yarn?'
Dr Rhys Bezzant, Dean of Missional Leadership, Ridley Melbourne
'This third edition brings the story up-to-date, covering the enormously significant developments of recent years. Here is a book that Christians of all lands need to absorb, because what is happening in Australia affects the whole world.'
Dr David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling
'Additional material in this new edition reinforces Stuart Piggin’s rare ability to encapsulate big pictures on small canvases; his generosity of spirit in dealing with controversial topics; his incisive perception of the true nature of things; and his boldness in including Pentecostalism as one of the three major strands of evangelicalism in this country. His wit and refreshing turn of phrase has resulted in a book that is a pleasure to read and an essential item for every thinking Aussie Christian’s bookshelf.'
Dr Barry Chant, Founding President, Tabor College
'This book a major contribution to the religious history of the Australian people and it affirms the centrality of religion to the Australian scene.'
Dr Hilary Carey, Professor of History, University of Newcastle
It is exciting to see a scholar return to his original convictions and analysis. Stuart Piggin has brought his Spirit, Word and World analysis firmly to front stage with his third edition of Australian church history. His update of developments brings this story of the journey of the Christian Church in Australia up to the present time and of particular importance to me touches on the journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians as they respond to issues in that community. Spirit, Word and World: Evangelical Christianity in Australia is a great development from the earlier editions and a good bridge towards the forthcoming collaborative work between Stuart Piggin and Professor Bob Linder.
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Simon Carey Holt was interviewed by Rachael Kohn on Sunday 8 December for her program The Spirit of Things on ABC’s Radio National. If you would like to listen to the interview, follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/spiritofthings/food-for-body-and-soul/5131102.
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