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Believing not belonging, Mike Grimshaw

New World, New God: Rethinking Christianity for a Secular Age Ian Harris Mākaro Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780994137869 In 1967, Lloyd Geering, Principal of Knox Theological Hall and Old Testament lecturer, was tried for heresy by the Presbyterian Church of New…
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Prior tense, Paul Morris

Arthur Prior: A “Young Progressive”: Letters to Ursula Bethell and to Hugh Teague 1936-1941 Mike Grimshaw (ed) Canterbury University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781927145593 A N Prior graduated from Otago University in philosophy and taught there and at the universities of…
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Lead kindly light, Paul Morris

Sunday Best: How the Church Shaped New Zealand and New Zealand Shaped the Church Peter Lineham Massey University Press, $55.00, ISBN 9780994140777 Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814-1945 Geoffrey Troughton (ed) Victoria University Press, $40.00,…
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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…
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Reiterating a theme, Peter Lineham

Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of a Modern Heretic Lloyd Geering Polebridge Press, $37.00, ISBN 9781598151565 Professor Lloyd Geering wrote his first book in 1968. Fifty-six years later, the grand old man is just shy of 100 years old and…
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The life of Brian, Paul Morris

Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-Made Apostle  Peter Lineham Penguin Books, $38.00, ISBN 9780143568919 A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand 1930-65   Stuart Lange Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781877578557 Recently, the International Association of Religion Journalists…
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Jesus with a human face, Hugo Petzsch

New Zealand Jesus: Social and Religious Transformations of an Image, 1890–1940 Geoffrey Troughton Peter Lang, US$78.95, ISBN 9783034310475 The figure of Jesus and the powerful ideas that are often associated with him have attracted men, women and children for centuries.…
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Hot gospels and wowserism, Paul Morris

The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History  Geoffrey Troughton and Hugh Morrison (eds)  Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864736543 Theology no longer forms part of a university education in the social sciences or humanities, where…
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Tikkun olam, David Zwartz

Jewish Lives in New Zealand: A History Leonard Bell and Diana Morrow (eds) Godwit, $55.00, ISBN 9781869621735   “Don’t skite!” said my loving family when I came home with the story of some success at school. Jewish Lives in New…
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Retro righteous indignation, Paul Morris

Shaping Godzone: Public Issues and Church Voices in New Zealand 1840-2000 Laurie Guy Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736413   This is a 600-page, somewhat pious, lament for the New Zealand churches. These individual and collective Christian voices once heard…
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