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New Zealand Christianity underwent a series of remarkable transformations during the twentieth century. Notably, and perhaps most visibly, support for the historic “mainline” shrunk and these churches waned in influence. The public reputation of Christianity also took a battering. This talk seeks to understand these changes to the social role of Christianity in New Zealand in the context of wider debates about secularisation. It focuses on certain patterns within early twentieth century discourse and piety that may help to explain at least some contemporary attitudes.
Geoff Troughton is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he teaches courses in religion and politics, religion in New Zealand and the Pacific, Christianity, and secularisation. His current research focuses on missionary Christianity and peace activism in New Zealand, and contemporary religious change in connection with the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. Main publications include New Zealand Jesus (2011) and The Spirit of the Past (2011), edited with Hugh Morrison. Another volume edited with Stuart Lange, Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand, will be published by Victoria University Press in 2016. See: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacr/about/staff/geoff-troughton.