Social and Religious Transformations of an Image, 1890–1940
7 Acknowledgements One consequence of writing a book is the accrual of many debts. While these are too many to recount or repay here in full, I do wish to express gratitude to friends, family and colleagues whose inspiration, advice and forbearance have made this venture possible. This book began life as a thesis that attempted two main things: first, to examine New Zealand perceptions of Jesus as a subject of interest in its own right and relevant to historians of modern Christianity generally; second, to address a more local concern of approaching the history of Christianity in New Zealand in a fresh manner. I wanted to write about New Zealand Christianity in a way that brought together religious, social and cultural history more closely than most existing local studies, and in a way that would be valuable for the broadest spectrum of New Zealand historians. To the extent that these ambitions have been realised, I am indebted to supervisors, colleagues and others who have offered critical feedback at different times. In particular, I express deep appreciation to Associate Professor Peter Lineham who offered such generous friendship and superb supervision of the original project, as did Professor Ivor Davidson. I also benefited from the support and advice of colleagues in the History programme at Massey University, including Professor Margaret Tennant and Drs Kerry Taylor and James Watson, and Professors Kerry Howe and David Thomson. Since 2008, it has been my pleasure to be part of the Religious Studies programme at...
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