Wrestling With God tells the story of the man who came to personify New Zealand’s debates over the role and meaning of religious belief in increasingly secular age.
In the public eye ever since his famed heresy trial in 1967, Lloyd Geering describes his journey from a Depression era childhood, through working as a young Presbyterian minister, to becoming Victoria University’s foundation professor of religious studies and a bestselling author.
Showing the rigorous commitment to truth and concern for others that have characterised his work, Geering also sets out his views on the spiritual life of Western culture in the early twentieth-first century, and the centrality of the human relationship with an endangered planet.
Table of contents
1. Who Am I?
2. Cultural Roots
3. Student Days
4. Theological Education
5. First Parish
6. An Ideal Parish
7. A Challenging Parish
8. From Preacher to Teacher
9. Return to My Alma Mater
10. Thrust into the Limelight…
11. …And Charged with Heresy
12. The Battle of the Books
13. Chance Events Prove Advantageous
14. A New Kind of Professorship
16. ‘The World is my Parish’
17. Here I Am!
Appendix 1: What Does the Resurrection Mean?
Appendix 2: The Eternity in Man’s Mind Index
Read Mike Gramshaw's review in New Zealand Books.
'A lucid and moving account of a lifelong quest characterised by integrity, honesty and a passion for truth.' Karen Armstrong