Does the failure of the conventional idea of God spell the end of the Christian tradition? Or does it simply mean the end of conventional Christian doctrine? Christianity without God affirms the latter, treating Christian culture as a living and evolving stream. In this cogently argued book, Lloyd Geering brings the resources of his deep scholarship to look at what the world really needs from contemporary religion. His inspiration is the cultivation of the wisdom of Christianity, not a dependence on beliefs about a supernatural saviour.
Table of contents
1. An absurd question?
2. What is Christianity?
3. Who made God?
4. Has God died and, if so, why?
5. Why did Christians invent the Holy Trinity?
6. How did Jesus become God?
7. How did God become man?
8. Where did humanism begin?
9. Was Jesus the wise man par excellence?
10. Why Christianity must become non-theistic
Read Bill Logan's review in New Zealand Books.
'Lloyd Geering refuses to let faith stagnate. He punctuates pieties of the past to find within the bible alternative voices to dying traditions. His own voice speaks eloquently for a Christianity vital to a rapidly changing world.' Phyllis Trible, Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature, Emerita, Union Theolgoical Seminary, New York
'Lloyd Geering has produced a stunning, provocative, panoramic view of the evolution of Christianity in this new book. Christianity has reached the stage at which it must learn to exist without God – without an external authority figure who blesses and condemns arbitrarily. In place of that deity, he challenges us to assume responsibility for ourselves and for the earth we have inherited.' Robert W. Funk, Director, Westar Institute, Founder, Jesus Seminar