Winton Higgins and Lloyd Geering in conversation

If you weren’t able to make it to St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington on Friday 15 February at 6:30pm, you can watch Lloyd Geering and Winton Higgins’ conversation live in the comfort of your own home.

Go to this webpage to watch the conversation, ‘Is secular religion a contradiction in terms?’.

After an initial introduction, their conversation ranged across four main themes:

  • definitions, scope, historical trends that have brought us to where we are
  • what is to be gained by challenging the status quo?
  • questions from the floor
  • drawing the threads together with some tentative conclusions and an answer to the question: is there a contradiction?

Our thanks to the Secular Buddhist Association in the USA for allowing us to make use of their UStream facilities.

• this post has been updated after the event

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  1. Peter Goble
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    I think I may be the “Peter in Essex” who was greeted ‘in his absence’ during the introductions, and that was a very kind thing you did, which touched me (and surprised me greatly).

    The talk was stimulating and memorable, both speakers lucid and authoritative. Lloyd Geering made some very constructive summative comments on the value of secular religion as a means of mutual support for people ‘of our time’. These (as I recollect them) enjoined us to:

    Marvel and give thanks for the amazing fact of our human existence as part of an evolving universe;

    Value all forms of life;

    Value our cultural heritage – “how we got to where we’re at” through the efforts of our forebears across the ages;

    Celebrate our togetherness and our shared humanity;

    Work for a viable human future (recognising that this may be challenging and difficult, and not to be taken-for-granted).

    It’s hard to think of a better rallying cry for secular religon, and I’d be happy for it to stand as the call to secular Buddhism, although the significance of a Buddhist ‘label’ seems increasingly pointless.


  2. Kataraina Mateparae
    Posted April 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I have heard the term ‘secular Christianity’, which, I think, is an oxymoron, unless someone can explain to me what is secularly particular to Christianity that one could see it and say ‘oh yes, that is Christianity’ and not something else. For example, in Buddhism (secular or religious), if one hears or looks up the term ‘four noble truths’ or ‘eight-fold path’, or ‘the three poisons’ on google, one will quickly find reference to Buddhism. What are the secular terms that would lead one fairly quickly and exclusively to Christianity? Does anyone know of any?

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