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New Zealand Jesus

Social and Religious Transformations of an Image, 1890–1940

Geoffrey Troughton

What did early twentieth century New Zealanders make of Jesus, and what do their understandings tell us? This study provides the first historical analysis of New Zealand images of Jesus. Using a diverse range of churchly and secular sources it examines key themes and representations. These images provide insights into the character of New Zealand religion and its place in the nation’s history and culture – from dimensions of childhood and gender through to debates about social reform. They also highlight broader dynamics of social and religious change. Crucially, this work traces the rise of a new kind of Jesus-centred religiosity that reflected wider cultural shifts. The form was particularly evident among Protestant Christians, who embraced Jesus in their efforts to modernise Christianity and extend its influence within the community. The author shows that this development was a response to change that profoundly reoriented Protestant Christianity.

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263 Index Adams, Arthur H.: 69-70 Adams, A.S.: 109, 116-8, 204 Agnosticism: 65, 84 Alcohol: 113-20, 135, 203, 206 Prohibition movement: 114-20, 210, 233 Americanisation: 50, 53-4 Anglican Church: 15, 25-7, 31, 44, 46, 48-9, 63, 73, 78, 98, 102-3, 114, 127, 147, 176-7, 196, 215-6, 219-20 Anti-Catholicism: 33, 79, 199-200 Anti-Church sentiment (see also Prophetic critic): 23, 65-104, 129, 138, 199, 234-6 Archer, J.K.: 16, 126, 133 Art (see also Stained glass, Film): 44-7, 81, 157, 213, 217-9 Atkinson, H.A.: 124-5 Atonement: 21-2, 31, 35-8, 64, 100, 188, 214 Australia: 51-2, 92, 102, 119, 129, 133, 162, 168, 175, 196 Ayrton, Moses: 126, 133 Baptist Church: 16, 33, 36, 52, 57, 60-1, 92, 95, 108-9, 118, 126, 162, 197, 203 Barton, Bruce: 42, 200, 218 Beatitudes: 162, 176 Bellamy, Edward: 123 Bennett, Scott: 86 Bethell, Ursula: 72 Bible: 18, 34-9, 41, 46, 55, 79, 85, 94, 101-2, 114-8, 125-7, 143, 149, 151, 153-6, 162, 165-6, 169-70, 172-80, 182-3, 186-7, 189, 211, 219, 228, 236 Authority of: 14, 35-9, 166 Children’s bibles: 44, 166-7 Criticism, critical methods: 18, 36, 38-9, 42, 64, 97-8, 117, 201 Bible Class movement: 40-1, 92, 146, 158, 184, 201, 216, 220-8, 230 Black, W. Bower: 54, 57, 93-4, 144 Blaiklock, E.M.: 71 Blamires, O.E.: 179-80 Blatchford, Robert: 121, 138 Booth, Charles: 45 Boy Problem: 196-7, 217-8 Brethren: 35, 95 Brotherhood: 20, 60, 62-3, 105-12, 115, 122-5, 129-30, 133, 141, 145, 201-2, 204-7, 211, 223-4 Burridge, H.W.: 210-2 Burton, Ormond: 89, 146, 215, 217, 223 Bushnell,...

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