Spirit, Word and World: Evangelical Christianity in Australia

Stuart Piggin


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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, Universit