Lloyd Geering (D.D., University of Otago, New Zealand) is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A public figure of considerable renown in New Zealand, he is in constant demand as a lecturer and as a commentator on religion and related matters on both television and radio.
In 1966, he published an article on “The Resurrection of Jesus” and, in 1967, another on “The Immortality of the Soul,” which together sparked a two-year public, theological controversy that culminated in charges by the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand—of which he is an ordained minister—of doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church. After a dramatic, two-day televised trial, the Assembly judged that no doctrinal error had been proved, dismissed the charges and declared the case closed.
In 2001, he was honored as Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Watch The Last Western Heretic (2008), a documentary about the ideas and philosophies of Lloyd Geering.