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Our secular heritage presentations

Podcasts of the Secular Heritage of New Zealand and Australia Conference are now available. (Thanks to Open Society Website of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists).

Click on the links below for each presenter to download the mp3 files of their talk.

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Reminder – Secular NZ and Australia

Coming up next Saturday – the Humanist Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, and the Australian National Secular Association are sponsoring a  conference on:

New Zealand and Australia’s

Secular Heritage and its future.

0845 am – 5 pm Saturday 30 August 2008

Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House,
Pipitea Campus, Victoria university of Wellington
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(Rutherford House is adjacent to the Wellington Railway Station. The entrance is from Bunny Street.)

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Our secular heritage & its future

Here’s something for Wellingtonians, and visitors to Wellington, this month: A conference on New Zealand and Australia’s Secular Heritage and its Future.

Speakers include:

Lloyd Geering, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington;

Max Wallace of the National Secular Association of Australia;

Bill Cooke of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists;

Iain Middleton of the Humanist Society of New Zealand, and

Lewis Holden president of the Republican Movement of Aotearoa NZ (Inc.).

A  moderated panel session will follow their presentations.

Details are:

9.00 am until 5.30 pm – Saturday 30 August, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington, (Near the Railway Station).

This is a collaborative effort between the Humanist Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, and the National Secular Association of Australia.

Dinner: The conference will be followed by an informal dinner at 7.30 pm, preceded by pre-dinner drinks at the Fisherman’s Table Oriental Parade, Wellington.

Registration: $20.00 waged or $10.00 unwaged. Registration includes attendance and morning and afternoon tea. Lunch may be purchased at nearby Wellington cafes.

Register your intent to attend by writing to Humanist Society of New Zealand, P.O. Box 3372 Wellington, including the number attending and names and addresses and a cheque made out to: Humanist Society of New Zealand (Inc.)

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Heresy, or common sense?

The Last Western Heretic, a documentary about the life and ideas of Lloyd Geering, was shown on New Zealand TV last weekend. It was excellent – extremely well made and great intellectual content. Geering is considered a radical theologian and a NZ icon and was once described by the BBC as “the last living heretic.” He has fearlessly challenged Christian doctrine for the last 50 years. I have read several of his books and attended several of his seminars. His ideas are always stimulating and refreshing.

I admire people who are prepared to challenge outmoded ideas. Particularly when this could result in personal and financial recrimination. I suspect that there are many thoughtful ministers of religion who have come to the same conclusions as Geering. However, most of these appear unprepared to face the prospect of loss of income and pension rights, and a comfortable life style, which would result from public honesty on these questions. So they continue to hypocritically promote the same old tired myths to their parishioners.

The documentary is structured around the following nine statements:

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