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Abstract: The types of Christianity which flourish in New Zealand in some respects seem very sectarian. They take a very narrow approach to faith and they are exclusive in their membership and they are not particularly interested in interacting with wider social and political issues. Is this an indication of the future of Christianity, increasingly locked into a narrow cultural backwater? There is another side of the argument that certainly the religious landscape is becoming much more pluralist, but at the same time even the most sectarian of faiths – Pentecostal, Mormon, even Jehovah Witnesses and Exclusive Brethren – are being reshaped so that sectarian is not as narrow as it used to be.
Bio: Peter Lineham is Professor of History at Massey University and a respected scholar whose interests cover a range of subject areas that can loosely be categorised under history and religion. He teaches history at Massey’s Albany campus, having previously taught at Massey’s Palmerston North campus, and he has served as Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Regional Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on Massey’s Albany campus, Chair of the College Board and is currently Chair of the University’s Library Committee. He has written articles on many aspects of English and New Zealand religious history and his books include There we found Brethren, No Ordinary Union and Bible and Society and he co-edited the standard text on New Zealand’s religious history, Transplanted Christianity. His latest book, published by Penguin, is Destiny. His interpretations of trends in religion in New Zealand are also frequently reported by the media. He has long been active in a range of churches, Christian organisations and in Tertiary Chaplaincy co-ordination and prisoner support. His MA is from the University of Canterbury, his B.D. from the University of Otago and his D.Phil. from the University of Sussex.