Author(s): Paul Morris
Prophet of Modernity This reader is the first collection of the writings of Lloyd Geering, covering a period of over 45 years. Over the past decade Lloyd Geering has become an international figure, sought out by readers and audiences in North America, Great Britain and Australia. New Zealanders have, of course, been aware of him and his writings for a much longer period. Yet this reader includes material that will also be new to many of his New Zealand readers, and demonstrates the remarkable consistency and development in the thought of this increasingly influential thinker. This reader is important because it provides another form of autobiography – the development of New Zealand’s premier public intellectual and a fascinating coverage of the engagement of religion and the modern world – both nationally and internationally. Lloyd Geering needs to be noted (and commended) because he has actually kept religion, theology and the discussion of their impact and role in modernity in the public debate in a manner that is rational, clearly expressed and open to the questioning of the public and the media. He has broken down much of the traditional mistrust of the discussion of religion in the contemporary world. His success can be gauged in that very few are indifferent to what he has to say, because his concerns are indicative of a wider, secular society attempting to come to terms with the legacy of the Twentieth Century, with globalization, with modernity itself. First published October 2007.