with M. Lake, C. Tsiolkas & T. Costello / chaired by Sharon Davis
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Beset by scandals across its denominations, the institutions of Christianity seem in crisis, with followers disillusioned by the dissonance between the behaviour of religious leaders and the Bible’s teachings. Meredith Lake’s The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History examines the defining role the Bible has played in our contemporary history. Meredith joins Christos Tsiolkas (Damascus) and Tim Costello (A Lot with a Little) to discuss the ethics and culture of Christianity and its institutions, and how they shape Australia.
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Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. He was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia for thirteen years, stepping down in 2016, and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. Tim is Senior Fellow for the Centre for Public Christianity.
Dr Meredith Lake is a writer and broadcaster interested in how Australians explore the big questions of faith and meaning. Her most recent book, The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History, won the Australian History prizes at the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards. She hosts Soul Search on ABC Radio National.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, The Slap, which won awards including Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, the Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year, and, most recently, Damascus. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer.
Sharon Davis is a four-time Walkley award winning documentary producer and journalist whose body of work in television, radio and print spans more than 25 years. Most recently she developed and produced a new podcast The Monthly Hour for Schwartz Media.