Anglicans make 2020 Book of the Year shortlist

Australian Christian Book of the Year awards shortlist released

By Stephen Cauchi

The shortlist for the 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year awards has been released and includes a number of Anglican academics and authors, including last year’s winners Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder.

Other shortlisted Anglicans include executive director of Christians in Science and Technology (ISCAST) the Revd Dr Chris Mulherin; actor, playwright and recent Christian convert Anna McGahan; academic, writer and speaker the Revd Dr John Dickson; and academic and former Sydney Anglican Bishop Paul Barnett.

Dr Piggin, a conjoint Associate Professor of History at Macquarie University, and Robert Linder, a Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University, won the 2019 prize for The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740-1914.

They have been shortlisted again for their work Attending to the National Soul 1914-2014 (Monash University Publishing) which is the sequel to their prizewinning book of last year.

According to the publisher, Attending to the National Soul covers three main themes: “the transition of the evangelical movement in the twentieth century from spiritual empire to an antipodean Christendom; the capacity of evangelicals to attend to the conscience and consciousness of the Australian soul; and the interaction of evangelical Christianity with secularism”.

Dr Piggin is a member of the Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill, Sydney.

The awards are presented by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia, also known as SparkLit.

The award, and the awards for the Young Christian Writer and Teen Writer, will be presented at the SparkLit Awards night on Thursday 13 August at 7:30pm.

Usually held at St Alfred’s Anglican Church in Blackburn North, the awards night will be presented online this year.

Other books on the shortlist of 10 are:

For the Love of God (Centre for Public Christianity) by Natasha Moore, John Dickson, Simon Smart & Justine Toh;

Is Jesus History? (The Good Book Company) by John Dickson;

I Will Avenge (Morning Star Publishing) by P. Howard Smith;

A Lot With a Little (Hardie Grant Books) by Tim Costello;

Metanoia (Acorn Press) by Anna McGahan;

Not Home Yet (Crossway) by Ian K. Smith;

Science and Christianity: Understanding the conflict myth (Garratt Publishing) by Chris Mulherin;

A Short Book About Paul (Cascade Books) by Paul Barnett;

Where to Start With Islam (Matthias Media) by Samuel Green.