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St Mark’s lecturer’s book named Australian Christian book of the year

Friday August 14 2015 by Katherine

Congratulations to St Mark’s Dr Michael Gladwin whose book, Captains of the Soul: A History of Australian Army Chaplains, has been named the 2015 SparkLit Australian Christian book of the YearAward.
 
Dr Gladwin is a history lecturer at St Mark’s, a partner in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.
 

The award was presented to Dr Gladwin at a celebration dinner in Melbourne on Thursday the 13th of August.
 
The book was one of nine shortlisted for the annual prize and was judged to be “a history of national importance and an insight into the Australian character. While increasingly unfashionable in some spheres of society, chaplains continue to be valued in proportion to the proximity of battle.”
 
The book, published last year, is the first comprehensive historical account of Australian Army chaplains in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions, in barracks and among service families.
 
Dr Gladwin said he was honoured to receive the award.
 
“I am encouraged and honoured to have received the award, especially given the calibre and strength of the shortlisted writers and books in the field —with writers and scholars like John Dickson, Michael Bird, Rhys Bezzant and Richard Shumack.
 
“This year’s awards are, I think, a testament to the depth and breadth of contemporary Australian Christian writing and thinking,” he said.  
 
Dr Gladwin is a graduate of the Australian National University and the University of Cambridge, and has been lecturing at St Mark’s since 2009.
 
He has written widely on the religious and cultural history of Australia in the context of the British world, as well as the relationship between religion and war in Australian history.
 
As well as lecturing, Dr Gladwin is the editor of the St Mark’s Review. He is also the author of Anglican clergy in Australia, 1788–1850: building a British World (2015).
 
His current research projects include the intellectual history of mission and colonialism in the long nineteenth century, religious aspects of Australian war commemoration and experience of the Second World War, and the history of preaching and religious discourse in Australian cultural life. 

 
Captains of the soul: a history of Australian Army chaplains is published by Big Sky Publishing and can be purchased for $34.99.  
 
Read a book review about Captains of the soul.