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Communal faith, shared vision, Peter Lineham

Prophetic Histories: The People of the Maramatanga Karen Sinclair Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242926 This remarkable book is written by an American anthropologist from Eastern Michigan University. Over a period of 30 years, she entered the world of a…
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Religious past, secular present, Bill Logan

Christianity Without God Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242241 Wellington Cathedral of St Paul: A History 1840-2001 Michael Blain Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 86473428X This is one of the most secular countries in the Western world, but…
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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…
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How far can you go? John Stenhouse

The Bishop’s Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland Nicholas Reid Catholic Publications Centre, $22.95, ISBN 0473072181 Nicholas Reid sheds valuable light on New Zealand’s religious and cultural history in The Bishop’s Paper, a history…
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Fascination, mystery, intrigue? Boring, Janet Hughes

Vows: Nuns and Priests Speak Out Denis Edwards Penguin, $24.95. ISBN 0 140 27159 7 This small book represents two trends apparent in recent publishing. One is the vogue for oral history — Vows consists of edited interview material, the…
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Spreading the Word, Bryan Gilling

Bible and Society: A Sesquicentennial History of the Bible Society in New Zealand Peter J Lineham Daphne Brasell Associates/Bible Society in New Zealand, $34.95, ISBN 0 908896 46 8 The production and distribution of the Bible is perhaps the quintessential…
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When anti-popery ruled, Nicholas Reid

Bishop in the dock Rory Sweetman Auckland University Press, $39:95, ISBN 1 86940 160 3 Henry Jacobs — A clergyman of calibre Helen Garrett Shoal Bay Press, $39:95, ISBN 0 906704  54 2 Doing theology ourselves Neil Darragh Accent Publications,$18.00,…
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The power of words and rituals, Ruth Butterworth

The Source of the Song. New Zealand Writers on Catholicism Mark Williams (ed) Auckland University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 2872 Catholicism as a “cultural force”? Andrew Johnston very properly has trouble with the whole notion of a separable entity. Anne…
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Minority of a minority, Nicholas Reid

The Way Ahead: Anglican Change and Prospect in New Zealand  Brian Davis Caxton Press, $33.50 cased, $26.50 pbk ISBN 0908563 698 Only a minority of New Zealanders are actively committed christians and only a minority of that minority are Anglicans.…
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View from below, Colin James

Another “religious” memoir, but in an entirely different vein, being not by a church leader but one of its loyal rebels, is Pauline O’Regan, There is Hope for a Tree, Auckland University Press/ Bridget Williams Books, $29.95, ISBN 186940 1328.…
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