Dr. John Harris has had a lifelong interest in Aboriginal people, in their culture, history and languages. He is the author of numerous books and papers on Aboriginal history, education, language and Christian experience. He spent many years as a teacher and school principal in Aboriginal communities. His most recent position was director of the Translation and Text Division of the Bible Society in Australia where a major responsibility was the translation of the Bible into Indigenous languages. He is also an ordained Anglican priest. John holds a PhD in Aboriginal languages. He was awarded a Doctor of Theology for writing One Blood, the first edition being chosen as Religious Book of the Year. He was recently honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Her Majesty the Queen by being awarded a Lambeth Doctor of Divinity for his advocacy of Aboriginal people in both the Church and the wider community. In retirement, John continues his active involvement in Aboriginal issues through Bible translation, writing, and speaking. He has a strong commitment to supporting Aboriginal people to revive endangered languages. He is married to Judith and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Every Australian Christian should read One Blood" (Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia)This is a monumental work of research and scholarship, of deep insight and discernment...opening up with great clarity the vista of tragedy and despair for the Aboriginal people... (Christian Book Newsletter) This is a book of immense power...a major event in the history of Australian self-understanding. Do not underestimate it. (Adelaide Advertiser) John Harris has written an astonishingly powerful and comprehensive book... It is a passionate work, but one that is also beautifully controlled and balanced. It makes enthralling reading... (Lutheran Theological Journal) One Blood is a powerful, disturbing and inspiring book...It has certainly helped my own self-understanding...(The Canberra Times) One Blood is an immense book, immense in its physical size ( almost 1000 pages) and immense in its scope and breadth of treatment of the encounter between Aboriginal people and those who came to them as Christian missionaries, an encounter spanning 200 years and a whole continent. No one knows more about this subject than John Harris and no one else will ever deal with it again with his unique mix of scholarship and passion... (Church Scene) Ther are some books which helped me to understand my country: books like Facey's A Fortunate Life and Morgan's My Place. I now add Harris' One Blood. Don't miss it. (Southern Cross Magazine) This is an important book...for what it does for the church, for the craft of history...and for the understanding of the Australian people...It is a compelling story of great sadness as well as of great triumph, and essential book for...the future development of Australian Society or Christianity in this country...(On Being Magazine) One Blood gives an excellent overall view of Christianity's missionary efforts, both Protestant and Catholic. It is written with admirable objectivity, allocating praise and blame where due... (The Catholic Leader)