The Last Western Heretic
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Director: Monique Oomen
The Last Western Heretic is a timely and enthralling insight into the ideas and philosophies of the New Zealander described by the BBC as “the last living heretic”.
New Zealand’s very own Lloyd Geering, now 89 and still deeply involved in the debate of ideas about life and religion, and latterly, the very survival of human beings and the planet to which we belong.
Geering is New Zealand’s foremost theologian; a long-standing Presbyterian minister who doesn’t believe in a personal God, a man of the church who fearlessly challenges all Christian and secular ideas, and was once famously and controversially tried for heresy - or as it was formally called: “doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church”.
The lively octogenarian with a sharp intellect is a NZ icon who was one of the key intellectual figures of our nation throughout the last half of the 20th century.
The documentary explores his world view in a series of controversial and richly illustrated statements, and in doing so, makes simple and comprehensible the powerful theological and cultural ideas underpinning western civilisation.
This film captures the ideas and philosophy of an influential New Zealander, and offers an insight into how our beliefs and assumptions developed and where they might go in the future.