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Why Honest to God blew the roof off the Church and let in the fresh air! - Lloyd Geering (12 Nov 2013)


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Honest to God book coverIn 1963, Bishop of Woolwich John Robinson unintentionally became a theological whistleblower by revealing to the people in the pews where the theologians were going. The words of his book Honest to God hit the church like a bomb.

The new basis for theology which had been laid at the start of the 19th century had been built on since that time. Lay congregation members, though, had little or no knowledge of these discussions.

More has changed, however, in the fifty years since Honest to God was published than in the previous 150 years. In 1966, the world was shocked to hear of the ‘death of God’, and in 1993, Karen Armstrong published A History of God.

So fifty years after Honest to God hit the streets, selling 350,000 in the first year, where are we now? What can we honestly say today about God? Professor Geering will address these and many other issues in this lecture.

Principal lecturer for St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society, Professor Lloyd Geering is New Zealand’s best-known and most controversial commentator on religious matters. He is best known for the high-profile 1967 trial in which he faced charges of heresy.