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Wrestling with God

Lloyd Geering, a minister and professor in the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand, was tried for heresy in 1967 followng his article "What Does the Resurrection Mean?". Found innocent, he became the foundation professor of religion at Victoria University. This is a reflective and honest account of his personal journey. In "Wrestling With God" Geering writes movingly of the interior and family life that form the backdrop to his controversial public life.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 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; 15. Retirement?; 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

About the Author

Lloyd Geering is one of New Zealand's foremost thinkers, a man of clarity and vision who continues to present new and challenging ideas about the spiritual life of the culture he lives in.


"Lloyd Geering's triumph over personal tragedy and professional hostility is an inspiration to all who seek faith without fairy tales in today's world." -- Anthony Freeman, Church of England priest dismissed for writing God in Us: A Case for Christian Humanism "Geering is not an ivory-tower theologian. He comes over as straightforward and down to earth, with a practical bent and a definite sence of humour ... there is no wrapping up of theological issues or uncomfortable facts in a mass of verbiage. He really is writing of the impact on him wrestling with God ... he also has the ability to write objectively about the Christian situation as if from the outside ... This autobiography is an excellent introduction to his professional writing which I hope readers will go on to explore." -- Jane Howarth Faith and Freedom "Geering has been involved in New Zeland in tackling the issues David Jenkins and Don Cupitt have wrestled with publicly in Britain. He explains these issues clearly and accessibly, not as from an ivory tower but as a person with all the ordinary concerns of anyone ... a great deal to know about how faith and spirituality direct and energise a person's life." -- Cecil King Franciscan (Vol. 20, No. 3)

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