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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 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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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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Nietzsche in conversation with Forest and Bird, Nicholas Reid

The World to Come – From Christian Past to Global Future Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1 877 242 020 Consider carefully Lloyd Geering’s use of the word “Christian” in the following sentence from his latest book, The…
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Tomorrow’s symbol, Nicholas Reid

Tomorrow’s God Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 Reading Lloyd Geering’s Tomorrow’s God, an anecdote about the late Orson Welles kept surfacing in my mind. Welles was doing the standard talk‑show interview when he decided to hold forth on religion.…
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This will cause no stir, Lloyd Geering

Honest to Goodness Humanist Society of New Zealand, $10 This is a collection of short essays, published to celebrate the twenty‑fifth anniversary of the foundation of the Humanist Society of New Zealand. Jim Dakin provides a useful sketch of the…
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Our cultural debt to ancient Iraq, Lloyd Geering

One of the few benefits to come out of the Gulf War is the reminder it gives of all we owe culturally to the ancient peoples who once inhabited Iraq and whose blood still flows, however thinly, in the veins…
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