Geoffrey Michael Troughton

PhD, (History)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Jesus in New Zealand 1900 - 1940

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Mr Troughton’s research examined ways that New Zealanders thought about Jesus during the years from approximately 1900 to 1940. It considered Jesus in the languages of doctrine, devotion, social reform, and language relating to children, together with images of Jesus’ masculinity and representations of him as an ‘anti-Church’ prophet. The thesis argues that Jesus constituted an increasingly important focal point in New Zealand religiosity, especially within Protestant Christianity. The change reflected wider social and cultural shifts, particularly related to understandings of the nature of society and notions of personality. The increasingly Jesus-centred character of Protestant religiosity was an attempt to modernise Christianity and extend its reach into the community. It was a response to change that profoundly reoriented Protestant Christianity in the process.

Supervisors
Prof Peter Lineham
Prof I Davidson

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