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The World to Come [Paperback]

By Lloyd Geering (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Polebridge Press
ISBN  0944344763  
EAN  9780944344767  

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Lloyd Geering observes that we have come not only to the end of the millennium, but to the end of Christendom, the dissolution of Christian orthodoxy, the failure of modernism, and the end of old mythic certainties. In The World to Come, he sketches his vision of a new global spirituality that incorporates the best of our legacy from the past and promotes care for all living creatures and the earth itself.

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A Global Faith For The Future  Dec 29, 2004
In THE WORLD TO COME Lloyd Geering begins by describing the disintegration of Christian orthodoxy and the failure of Christian modernism to rescue it. He does not think that this will lead to the end of Christian influence, however, since the post-Christian age that is now beginning still owes much to its Christian heritage.

The most important trend influencing the future of the world, in the author's opinion, is globalization. Geering contends that we are slowly becoming aware of the fact that we all share a common destiny even though our actions do not yet show any widespread consciousness of this fact as we continue to battle each other and treat the earth with disregard. In order to save ourselves from several possible devastating scenarios, the author suggests we adopt a new spirituality which will serve the whole of humankind in much the same way that the great traditional religions have served their own cultures in the past.

Geering writes with clarity and he is very knowledgeable about Christian heritage. The most interesting part of the book is probably the last chapter in which the author attempts to describe a potential global faith for the future. THE WORLD TO COME is a provocative book which deserves to be read by anyone interested in the fate of the planet and its inhabitants.
Not To Be Dismissed Lightly  Oct 27, 2001
Are we living in the end-times? No and maybe, says Geering; the fiery end of the world (when the sun expands into a red giant star) is not imminent, but the times we live in may indeed be end-times of another sort. He foresees the end of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism as we now know them, all in the fairly near future. And not in a sudden, cataclysmic event, but in the gradual rise to supremacy of a new, global religion containing, he hopes, the best elements of all of the above-mentioned faith traditions.

The new (small u) universalism (Geering does not use that word, perhaps because it could too easily be confused with Universalism, a denomination) would be non-exclusive (no us vs. them; accepting of all ethnic groups and a wide variety of personal beliefs as to the details, but united in its reverence for the earth and for all living things). He gives a new, global meaning to Benjamin Franklin's famous assertion that "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately."

The human race can no longer afford to be, as Geering puts it, "Humanity at War with Itself [and] . . . at War with the World."

While I cannot agree with all of Geering's opinions, I found his book very interesting and thought-provoking, and well worth buying and reading. One reviewer took issue with the fact that Geering writes from the perspective of a predominately Christian background. Granted, the book might have been even better if Geering were equally at home in all of the faith traditions of the world, but let us be thankful that he didn't wait until he was able to produce a PERFECT work before sharing his insights with the world. Thank you, Mr. Geering. Your wisdom is a valuable contribution to the welfare of the human community, which is more than can be said, I suspect, for most of your detractors.
Lucidity  May 18, 2000
As with Lloyd's previous books, this book presents a lucid and compelling argument, drawing from his rich resource of scholarship, and expansive world-view. The basic thesis is that we are in a phase of human cultural evolution where the practical effect of a coherent value system is missing, as the three major trans-ethnic world religions (Christianity, Islam and Buddhism), and myriad ethnic and tribal religions are in varying degrees of waning power to be intellectually and spiritually satisfying. Some adherents of these sects and religions may find this challenging to their comforting solipsisms, but the empirical evidence is clear. The book does a good job of clearly explaining the relevance of relativity in this context, and in highlighting the urgent need for inclusion of practical spirituality into the reigning economic, political and social paradigms, in order for us to make progress on the pressing problems of poverty alleviation, environmental degradation and political stability. The book may dwell too long on the history of Christian theological thinking for some, and be thus discounted in error as another example of Western-biased academic hegemony, but I found the telling of this story, and the conclusion it points to, to be a powerful and integrating addition to my perception of the missing pieces of the jigsaw of modern thought on economic and social development, ethics and the environment.
It's a big world, Dr. Geering  May 12, 2000
Having recently finished Lloyd Geering's work, I appreciate his summary of the centuries-long trends of liberal Christian theology in the West, but I cannot overstate my disappointment that Dr. Geering totally ignores the current growing worldwide evangelical/charismatic movement. In fact, he seems totally oblivious to the fact that Christianity is not dying outside the West; it is growing at 3.5 times the world population...and accelerating! There have been more converts to evangelical Christianity in the past 10 years than in the 1920 years preceeding. One Protestant denomination, the Assemblies of God, has grown to be the largest Protestant denomination in the world in less than 100 years. I just returned from Africa where there was an evangelistic event in Nigeria with 1 million converts in 1 week. Just last week the Sudan (yes, the Islamic Sudan) had a Christian rally with over 200,000 attending the last night and 100,000 converts for the week. The world's largest Christian congregations are in Seoul, Korea, with one numbering over 700,000 members. Dr. Geering, the world is bigger than Europe and North America. One cannot merely extrapolate the empty cathedrals (Nietzchean tombs of God)in London and Paris to the rest of the world. Yes, one may argue that these current movements will quickly die out (and then show the probable cause), but to ignore them completely is to show one's academic narrowness and ignorance. I would recommend "Fire from Heaven," Harvey Cox's excellent work for those unfamiliar with the pentecostal segment of the evangelical movement (2/3 of the world's evangelicals are pentecostal) and also David Barrett's World Christian Encyclopedia. Dr. Geering's book unfortunately reminds me of Christopher Lasch's "Revolt of the Elites." Is this work a fully-informed academic work or wishful thinking? I'm afraid, it must be seen as the latter.
The World to Come from christian past to global future  Feb 3, 2000
Anyone concerned with the ecological environment of the human mind and Planet Earth, or interested in the nature of human nature and the historical development of Christianity, will find this book a welcomed addition to their library. I have heard a friend of Lloyd Geering refer to him as a person who "talks" funny. Of course, that friend was referring in jest to the slant of Gerring's native New Zealand tongue and not it's message. And, I have heard another person who knows him quite well, affectionately refer to him as a bantam rooster. I suspect that reference had more to do with Geering's outgoing concern for Humanity and Planet Earth, then it did with his physical stature. But make no mistake, Geering's message is neither whimsical nor diminutive. This Grand Old Geezer (he is in his eighties) is no doubt considered eccentric by Lilliputian thinkers because of his global perspective. He might also be considered eccentric in that, he is one of those rare individuals from the academic/scholarly/scientific community who has the ability to communicate in plain English. Geering is a competent outfitter as he guides us on a journey that starts at the headwaters of our Judaic-Christian heritage, and ends at the multi-denominational delta of Christian Relativism that he refers to elsewhere as The Accumulated Christian Position. Along the way he points to some of the major enculturational tributaries that have influenced this Christian Stream, while also reminding us of how the Christian Stream in turn has shaped the landscape of our general culture. In the middle of our expedition Geering takes us on a side trip to the Land of Relativity. This is a place with little development, a mysterious wilderness that remains an enigma for most of us. Toward the end of our journey he lays out his maps of human topology, pointing to some of the major snags that could wreck our boat of civilization. Geering, who probably considers himself a humanist and secular spiritualist, does not leave us in a craft with no means of navigation. In the last chapter of his book he hands us a set of oars and reminds us that the way out of our present position is an exercise in heavy pulling, in a turbulent sea of paradoxical interests and global responsibility.

Jack Many Petaluma, CA.


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