Professor Lloyd Geering is emeritus Principal Lecturer for the St Andrews Trust for the Study of Religion and Society.
New Zealand’s best-known and most controversial commentator on religious issues, Lloyd Geering is an ordained Presbyterian minister whose work focussed around churches and their congregations until 1956 when his teaching career began.
He is an Emeritus Professor of Victoria University of Wellington, of which he was the Foundation professor of Religious Studies. Before teaching at Vic, he was Professor of Old Testament Studies in Brisbane and Dunedin and Principal of Knox College Theological Hall in Dunedin.
Best known for the high-profile 1967 trial in which he faced charges of heresy, since retiring in 1984 he has been writing and lecturing throughout New Zealand and overseas, and is the author of many books, the latest being From The Big Bang to God, which grew out of a lecture series for the St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society. His autobiography has the title Wrestling With God.
A Companion of the Order of the British Empire, in 2001 he was named a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2007, he was admitted to the Order of New Zealand, and two years later he was elevated to Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
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