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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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Explaining the explainers, Robert Nola

Secular Sermons: Essays on Science and Philosophy  Alan Musgrave Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877372704 Publishers in New Zealand produce books in many areas such as literature, history, politics, biography, art; they produce almost nothing in philosophy. Philosophers in this…
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Troubled missionary, Paul Moon

God’s Messenger: J F Riemenschneider and Racial Conflict in 19th Century New Zealand Peter Oettli Huia, $55.00, ISBN 9781869693201 The lives of missionaries in 19th century New Zealand have tended to end up being documented in two forms. The first…
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Ex cathedra, Paul Morris

A Word in Season: Reflections on Spirituality, Faith and Ethics Richard Randerson  Matai House, $19.50, ISBN 9780473136543 The Anglican Church in New Zealand, like the other major denominations, is split between its liberals and conservatives. This division is over how…
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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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New Zealand a Christian country? Paul Morris

Shaping a Colonial Church: Bishop Harper and the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch 1856-1890  Colin Brown, Marie Peters and Jane Teal (eds)  Canterbury University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 1877257443  James Michael Liston: A Life  Nicholas Reid Victoria University Press, $49.95,  ISBN 0864735367 …
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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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Calls for re-enchantment, Paul Morris

Celebrating the Southern Seasons: Rituals for Aotearoa Juliet Batten Random House, $34.95, ISBN 1869417348 Tohunga: The Revival of Ancient Knowledge for the Modern Era Samuel Timoti Robinson Reed, $49.99, ISBN 079001002X The election is finally over and we have a…
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God’s very own local history, Paul Morris

Building God’s Own Country: Historical Essays on Religions in New Zealand ed John Stenhouse and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276928 In a recent article Otago University’s John Stenhouse forcefully contended that New Zealand historians have largely overlooked…
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Changing habits, Margaret Tennant

Mary Potter’s Little Company of Mary – The New Zealand Experience 1914-2002   Ann Trotter Bridget Williams Books/Little Company of Mary, $39.95, ISBN 1877242314 It may be a sign of the times that sisterhood – of the religious community, rather than…
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