Under the Skin? Debating the Bible in Australian History

Public Lecture by Dr Meredith Lake, 17 October 2018

Dr Meredith Lake is an Honorary Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney

From the outset of its career in Australia, the Bible has been a many splendored thing – a word read, gossiped, preached and tattooed, thought to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God. All kinds of people have had their opinion on its authority and meaning, too, with dynamic and defining consequences for Australian society and culture. At a time when the public conversation about Christianity is often stale and almost always polarised, this lecture will explore some of the surprising ways that the Bible has found its way under Australian skin.

Meredith is an historian of religion, culture and society in Australia, with a PhD from The University of Sydney. She is the author of The Bible in Australia: a cultural history (NewSouth Books, 2018), as well as a student guide to The Bible Down Under (Bible Society, 2016) and a major study of faith-based social welfare (Faith in Action: Hammondcare, (UNSW Press, 2013).


Wednesday 17 October, 7.30pm

Supper will follow the lecture


Sydney College of Divinity Unit 6B, 5 Talavera Rd Macquarie Park


Please RSVP to [email protected] by 10 October

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