Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

The New Believers: the Good and Bad News


Media Release
21 September, 2005
For Immediate Release


The New Believers: the Good and Bad News


Today's new believers are re-imagining God to embrace the self-help movement, the Westernisation of Buddhism and environmentalism.

As part of the programme of the St Andrew's Trust for the Study of Religion and Society, best selling author and broadcaster Dr Rachel Kohn will explore the background and the significance of the New Believers on Tuesday 27 September at 6pm.

And while a mushrooming of new believers is exciting for some, the news is not all good. As religious extremism targets the West, Dr Kohn asks if we can afford to ignore potentially dangerous directions arising from some individuals' search for meaning.

"Religion has always been tested and always found wanting, which is why it has never stood still, but has been a hotbed of controversy, innovation and striving" says Dr Kohn.

Dr Kohn's insights draw from a wide range of sources, traditional and unusual. She takes her audience on a journey into Judaism, Christianity, western Buddhism, popular culture, ecological theology, Wicca and paganism, cults and spiritual psychology as she explores the contemporary trends reshaping religion and spirituality.

Born in Canada, Kohn holds a PhD in Religious Studies and was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she took up at the University of Lancaster, England.

Dr Kohn now lives in Australia where she produces and presents two programmes, "The Spirit of Things" and "The Ark", for ABC Radio National.

St Andrew's Trust for the Study of Religion and Society

The New Believers: Re-Imagining God Tuesday 27 September, 6pm

St Andrew's on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion


Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...
More>>



 
 

Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>

Government: Joint Press Release With President Of The Govt Of Spain Pedro Sánchez & PM Of New Zealand
On June 28, 2022, a meeting took place in Madrid between the President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who was visiting Spain... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>


NZ Republic: Charles CHOGM Speech Green Light For Change
“Prince Charles had made it clear in his speech to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda today that even the Royal family think it’s time for change” said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels