*** DEBUG END ***

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).


Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available


Inspiration: The Influences That Have Shaped My Life

September - November 2024

St Martin in the Fields Autumn Lecture Series 2024

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


Visit our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)