Tanya Levin

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Tanya Levin
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Tanya Levin speaking at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention
Born 25 August 1971[1]
Durban, South Africa[1]
Nationality Australian[1]

Tanya Levin (born 1971) is a social worker and writer whose 2007 book People in Glass Houses: An Insider's Story of a Life in and out of Hillsong, an exposé of the Hillsong Church,[2][3][4][5] was short-listed for the 2007 Walkley Non-fiction Book Award.[6]

Levin is a former Hillsong Church member and describes herself as a feminist and an atheist.[7]


On 1 July 2015, Levin was arrested for trespass while being interviewed outside the 2015 Hillsong annual conference at Sydney Olympic Park.[8][9] The arrest came amid increased media scrutiny of the conference, after organisers misled the media about the involvement of Mark Driscoll.[10]



  1. ^ a b c Tanya Levin (25 July 2007). People in Glass Houses: An insider's story of a life in and out of Hillsong. Black Inc. ISBN 978-1-921825-58-3. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Sexton (29 April 2006). "The High Cost of Faith". The Weekend Australian (News Limited). 
  3. ^ Andrew Denton interview on Enough Rope, ABC Television, aired 2007-07-30 (transcript)
  4. ^ Susan Wyndham (13 April 2007). "Singing flat at Hillsong". Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  5. ^ David Marr (4 August 2007). "Hillsong - the church with no answers". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "People in Glass Houses: An insider's story of a life in and out of Hillsong". Black Inc. Publishing. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Tanya Levin - I am Atheist, Hear Me Roar". YouTube. 
  8. ^ Aubusson, Kate (1 July 2015). "Outspoken Hillsong critic arrested for trespass at Sydney conference". smh.com.au. 
  9. ^ "'Scientology has Tom Cruise, Hillsong has Justin Bieber': Former worshipper slams controversial church as she is escorted from star-studded conference by police". Daily Mail. 2 July 2015. This comes as Hillsong played an interview with a controversial US pastor who once described women as 'penis houses' on a giant screen at the church's conference, despite saying they had cancelled his appearance. 
  10. ^ "Hillsong conference shows interview with controversial US Pastor, Mark Driscoll". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 Jul 2015.