Lloyd Geering forces us to respond to, rethink, and reinterpret Christian origins, institutions, and beliefs. He demands that we begin from a position of informed knowledge that includes a central engagement with science, religion, and scholarship. Geering came to prominence in an age when religion seemed to be losing its relevance. How do we explain his move from accused heretic to New Zealand’s foremost public intellectual? Through interviews, expansive notes, and an excellent introduction, Michael Grimshaw guides us through the life and times of Lloyd Geering.
Lloyd Geering (D.D., University of Otago) was Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington until his retirement in 1984. A public figure of considerable renown in New Zealand where he has been honored as Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, he is the author of many books, including From the Big Bang to God(2013) and Reimagining God (2014).
Mike Grimshaw (Ph.D., University of Otago) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His many research interests include the history of religion and culture, religion in New Zealand culture and society, secular and radical theology and secular studies, and post-colonialism. He is currently serving as an investigator for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), which looks at the effects of religious and secular affiliation on personal well-being. He is the author of Bibles and Baedekers: Tourism, Travel, Exile and God (2008), a contributor to 11 volumes, and the editor of numerous collections, including The Lloyd Geering Reader: Prophet of Modernity (2007).