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John Dickson is an Australian Christian apologist, historian, and founder of the Centre for Public Christianity.

John Dickson
OccupationAuthor, speaker, lecturer
Alma materMacquarie University
GenreChristian Author

In the 1980s and 1990s he was singer-songwriter in the Christian rock band In The Silence.

Since completing his PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University (2001) focusing on the birth of Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts, Dickson continues to write and teach in both popular and academic settings. After several years as an Honorary Associate of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie, he received Honorary Fellow status in 2010. He has taught Advanced Topics in Ancient History and Early Christianity Historiography, semester-long courses for the Masters program at Macquarie University.

Since 2011 Dickson has been sessional staff at University of Sydney's Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies teaching From Historical Jesus to Written Gospels , a semester long course focused on the historiography of the figure of Jesus in the Roman East.

On 6 May 2015, Dickson's book A Sneaking Suspicion (1995) was banned from state schools by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities on the basis of a "potential risk to students in the delivery of this material, if not taught sensitively and in an age appropriate manner."[1][2] The ban was lifted May 18, 2015.[3]

In 2008 Dickson announced that he was stepping down from church ministry (he had served nine years as Senior Minister of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Roseville)[4].

Dickson's appointment as Distinguished Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Public Christianity at Ridley College (Melbourne) was announced in March 2019[5]


  • Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership (Zondervan)
  • The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips (Zondervan)
  • Promoting the Gospel: the Whole of Life for the Cause of Christ (Aquila)
  • If I Were God, I'd End All the Pain (Matthias Media, 2001)
  • If I Were God, I'd Make Myself Clearer (Matthias Media)
  • Simply Christianity: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Faith (Matthias Media) Australian Christian Book of the Year, 2000
  • A Spectator's Guide to World Religions: An Introduction to the Big Five (Blue Bottle Books) Australian Christian Book of the Year, 2005
  • The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus (2006, Blue Bottle Books)
  • James: the Wisdom of the Brother of Jesus (Aquila, 2006)
  • Vital Signs: the Wisdom of James for a Life of Faith (Aquila), with Simon Smart
  • 666 and All That: The Truth About the Future (Aquila), with Greg Clarke
  • Jesus: A Short Life (Lion, 2008)
  • A Spectator's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth (2008, Blue Bottle Books)
  • Mission-Commitment in Ancient Judaism and in the Pauline Communities (Paul Mohr Verlag)
  • Life of Jesus: Who He Is and Why He Matters (Zondervan, 2010)
Young readers
  • A Hell of a Life: From Manger to Megastar (Matthias Media)
  • Hanging in There (Matthias Media)
  • A Sneaking Suspicion (Matthias Media)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Book ban reversed". Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ Piccoli, Adrian. "Letter to His Grace the Most Reverend Dr G Davies" (PDF). Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. ^ Moore, Natasha (5 June 2015). "Religion still has a worthwhile place in the classroom". ABC News. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ Abbott, Rebecca (2018-12-12). "John Dickson steps down from church ministry". Eternity (newspaper). Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  5. ^ "John Dickson appointed to Ridley Faculty". Ridley College (Melbourne). 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2019-04-09.

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