John Dickson (author)

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John Dickson
Occupation Author
Nationality Australian

John Dickson is an Australian writer, historian, minister and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is co-founder and director of the Centre for Public Christianity, a media company which seeks to "promote the public understanding of the Christian faith".[1] In 2010 he started part-time as the senior minister of St Andrew's, Roseville.[2]

Dickson's books focus on the relevance of Jesus in the contemporary world. He won Australian Christian Book of the Year in 2000 and 2005.

Before starting his writing career in 1993, Dickson was a singer-songwriter with the band In the Silence, with whom he continues to perform occasionally. He also hosted the music TV show, Swordfish on Network Ten for two years.

Dickson has a PhD in ancient history from Macquarie University and is a speaker and writer. Much of his attention in recent years has focused on the "life of Jesus" and challenging the arguments of the new atheists.

One of Dickson's books, The Christ Files, was made into a documentary and shown on Network Seven at Easter 2008 as well as Christmas Day in 2009.

In 2012, Dickson wrote Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons. In it, he argued that 1 Timothy 2:12 ("I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man") does not mean that women cannot give sermons today, since the "teaching" referred to meant "preserving and laying down the traditions handed on by the apostles", and that does not happen in most sermons today. Matthias Media published a volume of essays in response to Dickson's book: Women, Sermons and the Bible: Essays interacting with John Dickson's Hearing Her Voice.


  • 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
  • A Spectator's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth (Blue Bottle Books)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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