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Demythologising, Mike Grimshaw

Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand
Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange (eds)
Victoria University Press, $40.00,
ISBN 9781776560950

My late grandmother was a Presbyterian, who had some Catholic friends. They lived in working-class Stanley Point (when it was working-class) in Devonport. During the week, they existed very happily as friends and neighbours. But, on a Sunday, according to family lore, my nana, despite her bad hips, would walk the long way to church so she didn’t have to go past – and therefore acknowledge the existence of – the Catholic church. Apparently, her friends did the same thing in reverse. They were lives in which religious identity and practice were important components, yet these did not create sectarian communities, as during the week they lived interrelated non-sectarian lives. These were the respectable working class, whose children became middle-class, but a middle class that was still religious in framing culture and ethos, if not so regular practice, into the 1980s. Up to the end of the 1980s – and longer in the provinces and rural areas – there was still a large swathe of broad-church Protestantism and Catholicism in New Zealand.

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The good life, Mike Grimshaw

Such is Life! A Close Encounter with Ecclesiastes Lloyd Geering Steele Roberts, $29.99, ISBN 9781877448881   In an email in 2008, Lloyd Geering mentioned that his next project was Ecclesiastes, a longstanding interest, which he noted was also a focus

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Handbook for the global Christian, Nicholas Birns

The Lloyd Geering Reader: Prophet of Modernity  Paul Morris and Mike Grimshaw (eds) Victoria University Press, $39.99, ISBN 9780864735478  Lloyd Geering is the most famous New Zealand Christian thinker worldwide, though Christopher Marshall is gaining ground with his recent work

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Songs from the liberal hymn book, Mike Grimshaw

Wrestling with God: The Story of My Life Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.99, ISBN 1877242365 A Religious Atheist?: Critical Essays on the Work of Lloyd Geering Raymond Pelly and Peter Stuart (eds) Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372374 The

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A matter of balance, Harvey McQueen

Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse ed Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869621115 Under Flagstaff: An Anthology of Dunedin Poetry ed Robin Law and Heather Murray University of Otago Press, $39.95,

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Sacred and secular, Lloyd Geering

Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse ed Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts & Mike Grimshaw Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869620976 The editors are to be warmly commended for taking the initiative in assembling this first anthology of New

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