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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598150162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598150162
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coming Back to Earth is a very fine, very important book, and I hope it is read widely. Geering has outlined, in a quite convincing way, the kind of transformation Christian faith must make today in face of the ecological crisis: the most important problem humans have ever had to face. --Gordon Kaufman, Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, Harvard University

About the Author

Lloyd Geering is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Honored in 1988 as a Companion of the British Empire, Lloyd Geering is a public figure of considerable renown in New Zealand where he is in constant demand as a lecturer and as a commentator on religion and related matters on both television and radio. In 1966, he 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 which he is an ordained minister 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.

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As the sequence to his earlier work, FROM THE BIG BANG TO GOD. .
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A learned book I liked very much, although I will probably have to read it again to get all the points.
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I gave it to her and purchased the kindle version which I started reading agin from the first page.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elly Parmelee on December 1, 2009
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Sir Lloyd Geering offers a compelling argument for a transition from theism to a faith rooted in human consciousness and compassion. "The more we humans become an harmonious global society, relating in a healthy way to one another and to the planet, the more confident we can be about the future." The case he makes for a new, human-centered faith is compelling, easy to follow, and long overdue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Hill on January 16, 2010
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For me, Lloyd Geering is one of the foremost thinkers about finding and living ones values. In this book he traces the evolution of god as part of a more important discourse: how are we to live meaningful lives in our ever-changing world.

This is a book for all who live by John Wesley's admonition to "think and let think."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2010
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This book is well worth the short time it takes to read it. Geering joins a few other thinkers who see the current theological landscape as a sterile desert. If you can get over the idea of not having a god to bail you out, you will enjoy this book.
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Mr. Geering explains how religions began as attempts by humans to deal with the unknowns and seeming whimsy of nature. However, as time has passed over thousands of years, we have replaced ignorance with a great deal of scientific understanding. Through questioning, observing, studying and reasoning -- processes that some religions forbade and that other iconic sages encouraged -- we have replaced much of the mysticism with knowledge. This leads him to the view that we humans aren't responsible to any supreme being, but instead are responsible to each other for maintaining and improving the human condition and for preserving and protecting the livability of our natural environment. I found his prose and logic describing this journey over thousands of years highly engaging. It crystallized many concepts that were swirling around in my head but that I had never articulated.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Severance on April 23, 2010
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After hearing a talk based on this book, I bought several copies to share with friends.
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