Dr John Dickson

Australian writer, academic, and speaker — public advocate for the Christian Faith

John focuses on the big ideas that have shaped our world.

His journey has been an eclectic one. Starting out as a singer-songwriter for 90s rock band 'In the Silence', he now works as a writer, speaker, local church minister, historian, and media presenter. He is a public advocate of the Christian Faith.

With a first-class honours degree in Theology from Moore Theological College, Sydney, and a PhD in ancient history from Macquarie University, John was a Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (2004-17), and teaches 'Historical Jesus to Written Gospels' at the University of Sydney (Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies), where he is an Honorary Research Associate. During 2017-19 he is a Visiting Academic of the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. He is committed to delivering creative, engaging content grounded in careful thought.

John’s first book appeared in 1993, and he has since produced over fifteen titles, including the award-winning Simply Christianity: Beyond Religion, and A Spectator’s Guide to World Religions, as well as various academic books and articles.

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Two of his books have become historical documentaries airing nationally on Channel 7 (www.thechristfiles.com.au and www.lifeofjesus.tv). His third documentary, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than you Ever Imagined (produced by the Centre for Public Christianity), was released in Australian cinemas in June 2018. He is currently working on the fourth volume of his Doubter's Guide ... series of books for those sceptical of the Christian Faith.

From 2007 to 2017 John was Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), an independent research and media company promoting the public understanding of the Christian Faith. Since 2010 he has also served as Rector of St Andrew's Anglican Church in Roseville, and he continues to be a busy public speaker, delivering well over a hundred talks a year at conferences, churches, schools, not-for-profits, corporations, and universities around the world.

John is fascinated by the paradoxical connection between high-level achievement and the historical virtues of compassion, charity, and humility, themes explored in his lecture series and book of the same name, Humilitas: a Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership. His forthcoming Persuasion from Aristotle to Apple examines the intellectual and ethical keys to a good argument, from ancient times to today.

John lost his father in a plane crash when he was nine, an event he freely admits shaped his interest in life’s ultimate questions. He values his family role above all others, and lives in Sydney with his wife and their three children.

Brief version

Dr John Dickson (PhD)

John’s story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, pastor, and media presenter. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity (2007-17). He has published 15 books, two of which became television documentaries, with a third, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than you Ever Imagined, released in Australian cinemas in June 2018. He teaches a course on the Historical Jesus at the University of Sydney, Australia, and researches the origins of Christianity in the Roman empire. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney, and during 2017-19 he is a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, he strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith in doubting times. Having lost his father in a plane crash at 9, John is sympathetic to the sorrows and questions of our world, and values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life. 

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