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Dr Williams announces Ramsey book prize shortlist for 2013

14 December 2012

THE shortlist for the £10,000 Michael Ramsey Prize 2013 was announced today. The winner of the prize for theological writing, which is awarded every two years, will be announced at The Telegraph Hay Festival in May.

The six shortlisted titles are: Up with Authority by Victor Austin (Continuum) ( Books, 9 December 2011); Christianity and Contemporary Politics by Luke Bretherton (Wiley-Blackwell) ( Books, 25 June 2010); Disabled Church - Disabled Society by John Gillibrand (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) ( Books, 7 September); Heaven by Paula Gooder (SPCK) ( Books, 30 September 2011); Claiming Abraham by Michael Lodahl (Baker Academic); and Jesus and the Subversion of Violence by Thomas Yoder Neufeld (SPCK) ( Books, 30 March).

Dr Williams said: "As in previous years, we have a broad variety of books submitted for the prize, all of them displaying the creative qualities we are looking for. Once again, the Michael Ramsey Prize shows that accessible theological writing of high quality is in good supply, and I and the other judges look forward greatly to tackling these works, and to bringing them to the wider public in the context of the Hay Festival next year."

Apart from Dr Williams and his wife, Jane, the other judges for the 2013 prize are: the Revd Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge; the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell; Dr Denise Inge, honorary research fellow at the University of Worcester; Fr Alban McCoy, RC chaplain to the University of Cambridge; and Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum.

The winner of the prize will win £10,000; the other shortlisted authors will each receive £1000, and a commemorative tile handmade by the ceramic artist Dee Hardwicke.

The Michael Ramsey Prize was launched by Dr and Mrs Williams in 2005, "in order to highlight the kind of theological writing that engages with the issues that face us in our Christian lives, and to promote the kind of theological writing that you can read with- out a dictionary constantly by your side", Mrs Williams has written ( Features, 20 May 2011).

The prize was awarded in 2011 to Dr David Bentley Hart, an American Eastern Orthodox theologian, for his book Atheist Delusions: The Christian revolution and its fashionable enemies ( News, 3 June 2011).

 

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