Human existence is the quest for meaning – meaning for ourselves, meaning for society, meaning for the cosmos. It is the quest for meaning, and not the possession of final answers, which is the key to human existence.
The meaning of life has to be custom-built, tailored to individual circumstances, relative to time and place. There is no value in simply repeating, like a ventriloquist’s dummy, the meaning which has come out of somebody else’s life. The meaning of a person’s life is very personal and unique to that person.
Tomorrow’s God: How We Create Our Worlds
. National Portrait: Lloyd Geering, the honest heretic (2016 article from Stuff, New Zealand news site)
. Westar Institute
Lloyd Geering was born and lives in New Zealand. Geering is a theologian, popular lecturer/commentator, and prolific author. Geering holds a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He began his career as a Presbyterian minister, then turned to theological teaching in 1956.
In 1966, Geering published an article on “The Resurrection of Jesus” and, in 1967, another on “The Immortality of the Soul,” which together sparked a two-year public, theological controversy that culminated in charges by the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand of doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church. After a dramatic, two-day televised trial, the Assembly judged that no doctrinal error had been proved, dismissed the charges and declared the case closed.
Geering is a member of the Jesus Seminar and a participant in the Living the Questions program. He is also a member of the Sea of Faith Network (New Zealand), as well as Principal Lecturer at St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society.
Geering was honoured in 1988 as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In the 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand.
Books written by Lloyd Geering include:
- Christianity without God
- Coming Back to Earth: From gods, to God, to Gaia
- From the Big Bang to God
- Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of a Modern Heretic
- Such is Life!: A Close Encounter with Ecclesiastes
- The World to Come: From Christian Past to Global Future
- Tomorrow’s God: How We Create Our Worlds
- Wrestling with God: The Story of My Life
The Courage of Truth in Theology Series – Part 8 of 10 – Lloyd Geering