2015 lecture: the secular juggernaut

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Christianity is perceived by more Australians than ever as implausible, undesirable or irrelevant. Why is it so? Does it matter?

Roy Williams will address this issue in the 2015 Smith Lecture.

Roy is one of Australia’s emerging public intellectuals. His non-fiction book reviews have appeared regularly in The Weekend Australian since 2006. He writes and speaks knowledgeably about a wide range of subjects including politics, history, science, sociology, sport, law and religion.

Roy’s first book, God, Actually, was published by ABC Books in 2008. A rational yet passionate defence of Christian belief, it became a best-seller in Australia and was subsequently published in Britain and North America. In God They Trust?, Roy’s second book, examines the religious beliefs of Australia’s prime ministers since Federation.

His latest book, Post-God Nation?, surveys the underrated place of Christianity in Australian history since 1788, and the reasons for its recent decline.

Writing is Roy’s second career. His first was as a lawyer. He won the Sydney University Medal in 1986 and spent twenty years in the legal profession at Australia’s oldest and most eminent firm, Allens Arthur Robinson.

Roy left the law in late 2004 when stricken by a life-changing illness. Now 52, he lives in Sydney and is married to Sally.