Dr Stuart LangeSenior Research Fellow

  • MA (Hons), BD, PhD, DipTchg

Stuart completed his PhD from the University of Otago, through a study on the history of twentieth-century evangelical Christianity in New Zealand. He also holds an MA with first class honours in History from Auckland University and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. He joined the Academic Staff in 1990 and teaches courses on the History of Christianity. From 2006-2008 he was Vice Principal. Stuart’s major book (A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-1965) was published by Otago University Press in 2013, and he is the writer and presenter of the DVD Te Rongopai: 200 Years of the Gospel in New Zealand, 1814-2014. Since 1992, Stuart has also been the senior minister at a nearby church, Massey Presbyterian, where he heads the staff team and regularly preaches.


PUBLICATIONS

2017

Te Mānihera, Kereopa, and Christian peace-making among Māori”, in Geoffrey Troughton (ed), Saints and Stirrers: The Peace Tradition in New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017.

Review of Robert Evans & Roy McKenzie, Choose the Lord, Here and Now! Nineteenth Century Evangelism in New Zealand, in Church Heritage, Volume 20, 2 (September 2017): 116-119.

2016

Co-edited book: Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.

“Admiring, Disdainful, or Somewhere in the Middle: Interpretations of Missionaries and Christianity among Māori, in Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.

“Church and society and the bicentenary of Christianity in New Zealand”, Stimulus 23, 2 (April 2016): 12-20.

“The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered”. Records of the Scottish Church History Society, (2016): 117-131.


2015

“The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered”. Paper presented at the Second Scottish Religious Cultures Network conference: “Scotland’s Religious Traditions at Home and Abroad”, Queen’s University, Belfast, 28–29 May 2015.

“A quiet bicentenary? Reflections on the 2014 bicentenary of Christianity in New Zealand in relation to State, media, academia, church, and general public – with comparisons to 2014 World War I commemorations (2014) and the ‘Marsden Centenary’ (1914)”. Paper presented at ‘Religion’s Presence in the Past’, Colloquium, New Zealand Institute of Christian Studies, Epsom, 28-29 August 2015.

“Te Manihera Poutama and Kereopa: Māori peace-makers?” Paper presented at ‘“Peace, not war, shall be our boast’: Historical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives on Peace and Christianity in New Zealand”, Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 18-20 November 2015.

Review of Tony Ballantyne, Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of the Body. Auckland: Auckland University Press, Stimulus 22, 2 (July 2015): 53-54.


2014

“Christian Beginnings in New Zealand: Some Historiographical Issues”, Stimulus 21, no. 2 (July 2014): 4-13.

Review of Peter Lineham, Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-Made Apostle. Auckland: Penguin, 2014.” New Zealand Sociology: Journal of the Sociology Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand 29, no. 1: 217-220.

Writer and presenter of DVD: Te Rongopai. 200 years of the Gospel in Aotearoa, 1814-2014. Glass Eye Productions, 2014. (Reviews by: Annaliese Johnston, Canvas, Issue 71 (Autumn 2014):18; Wayne Fraser, SUNZ Adventure (August 2014):19).

Joint editorship of: Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham, Adrienne Puckey (eds), Te Rongopai 1814: ‘Takoto te pai!’ Bicentenary reflections on Christian beginnings and developments in Aotearoa. Auckland: General Synod Office, Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, 2014.


2013

A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-1965. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013.

(Reviews by: Brian Carrell, Latimer Focus 33 (Autumn 2014): 14-15; Peter Carrell, Stimulus 21, Issue 2 (July 2014): 48-50; Allan Davidson, Journal of Religious History 40, 1 (March 2106): 137-8; Mark Keown, drmarkk.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-rising-tide-by-stuart-langesome.html; Jeff Pelz, Canvas, Issue 69 (Spring 2013): 18; Paul Morris, New Zealand Books: Pukapuka Aotearoa. A Quarterly Review 24, no.1, issue 105 (Autumn 2014): 11; Nicholas Reid, Reid's Reader – A Blog of Book Reviews and Comment, 14 October 2013. http://reidsreader.blogspot.com/; Bob Robinson, Anglican Taonga (Autumn 2014): 40; Paul Windsor, The art of unpacking. Paul Windsor Blog, 8 September 2013. paulwindsor.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-rising-tide.html)


2012

Review of Richard Waugh, A New Church for a New Century: East City Wesleyan's Early Story (Auckland: East City Wesleyan Church and Craig's Design and Print, 2010) in Journal, Wesley Historical Society (New Zealand) Proceedings 95 (December 2012): 57-8.


2011

“Orange Pips and the Evangelical Churchman's Fellowship, 1945-1972”, Churchman (September 2011).

“The Role of the Evangelical Unions and Inter-Varsity Fellowship in Defining Evangelical Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century New Zealand”, in Myk Habets and Tim Meadowcroft (eds). Gospel, Truth and Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Archer Press, 2011.

“Spirit and Reason: Canon Orange and Professor Blaiklock as Contrasting Exemplars of Evangelical Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century New Zealand”, in Myk Habets and Tim Meadowcroft (eds). Gospel, Truth and Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Archer Press, 2011.

“Westminster Fellowship Evangelicals and the History of Presbyterianism in New Zealand”, in Geoffrey Troughton and Hugh Morrison (eds). The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011.