Item description for Christian Faith at the Crossroads: A Map of Modern Religious History by Lloyd George Geering...
A carefully guided tour of four hundred years of modern religious history. Lloyd Geering has crafted illuminating cameo sketches of the impact of dozens of thinkers and movements on the evolution of the Christian faith following the Renaissance and Reformation.
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Studio: Polebridge Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.66" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Polebridge Press
ISBN 0944344836 ISBN13 9780944344835
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Geering gets it right, others must. Jul 18, 2004
Lloyd Geering is one of my favorite theologians and he did not let me down with this "map of modern religious history." Through a carefully documented and well thought out logical progression, this professor emeritus of religious studies at Victoria University leads the alert and open minded reader to an understanding of where religion stands today and how we have come to this place. He starts by acknowledging that religion is dealing with a changing world. "Because, as human beings, we are at the very centre of modern change, and have the most to gain or lose by the direction it takes, we are in no position simply to ignore it once we have come to recognise [sic] its existence." He then goes on to build a case for the world being in the second threshold of cultural change in response of faith to ultimate issues which we call religion. This second threshold is now encircling the globe.
Geering's clear writing style and excellent logical progression soon draws the reader into an understanding that "Much modern atheism, for example, is a protest, in the interests of truth, against false religious beliefs and superstitious practices." The case is solid and the challenge, then, for people of faith, is to develop a world view that is in agreement with all the knowledge that humankind gathers. But the case is not made by appealing to "faith," or by threatening hell and damnation; no, the case is made with clear-eyed logical views of the future grounded in a deep understanding of the history of the religious institutions of the world and a profound understanding of the human's need for a sense of meaning.
I recall having the same feeling of optimism, compassion, and prophetic understanding of our human predicament as I sat at dinner with Professor Geering some years ago. His conversation was compelling, logical, and inclusive of those at our table. His book approaches this sensitive subject with the same compassion and love of the religious path as I sensed that evening. Still, his is a tough love and he calls the game as he sees it. He notes that we must accept that we are alone in this venture. Perhaps this is best summed up in his own words: "People must re-learn what it means 'to live by faith alone.' Humans now have to live without the divine and other supernatural props thought to exist in the past. There are no divinely revealed truths. There are no absolute and solid-rock certainties. The throne of heaven is empty. Indeed there is no heaven. This life is all there is. Moreover, with regard to the future of human existence on this planet, humans are now required to play the role they once attributed to an external deity." Indeed. Perhaps if more recognized our situation for what it is, we'd be better stewards of the earth and each other.
Geering gets it wrong...again Apr 24, 2002
Lloyd Geering, like John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and others associated with The Jesus Seminar, lost faith in a divine Jesus Christ nearly 40 years ago, resulting in Lloyd's case in a celebrated heresy trial because of his position as an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Like Crossan, he is selective with the facts and those that don't support his contentions mysteriously disappear, leaving the uneducated reader thinking Geering has got it sussed.
Their publications are like those of lawyers taking a case, precisely but conveniently argued. Sadly, when put to the test against all the evidence, not just parts of it, they don't stack up.
When Crossan, Geering and others can answer the criticisms levelled at them by Gary Habermas, Craig Blomberg, Greg Boyd or William Lane Craig, maybe then they'll deserve to be taken seriously.
In the meantime, caveat emptor. This book will be a comfort for those who don't want to accept a divine Christ, and that's fine, but as a scholarly work, it doesn't rate in my opinion.
History of Religion Jan 31, 2002
Every religion has a history, and religion in general has a history. In the hands of a skillful author like Geering, those histories make a fascinating story. Geering sees the first major threshold of religious change taking place in a period called the "Axial Age": 800-200 BCE. During those years Zarathustra in Persia, Gautama the Buddha in India, Confucius in China, the prophets in Israel, King Numal in Rome, the first philosophers in Greece almost simultaneously appeared as reformers of their national religion. A second major threshold of religious change was the period 1600-1800, when a sharp break with medieval civilization ushered in the modern epoch. Now we are in a time often called "post-modern," in which a cataclysmic shift in thinking is again taking place that may well be called a second Axial Age. This book shows the exciting prospects ahead in religious development.