The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God. Now, legendary Episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses these passages, shattering our misconceptions and delivering a new vision of how Christians today can use the Bible.
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“Spong shares his extraordinary gift of conveying the Bible’s spiritual and ethical authority…” (Jack D. Spiro, Harry Lyons Distinguished Chair of Judaic Culture, Virginia Commonwealth University)
“Spong demonstrates the prophetic vocation that prefers truth to lies, honesty to hypocrisy, common sense to sick religious ideologies.” (Matthew Fox, president, University of Creation Spirituality, author of Original Blessing, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, and One River, Many Wells)
“Another brilliant chapter in Spong’s quest to rescue the Bible from fundamentalism.” (Robert W. Funk, Jesus Seminar, author of Honest to Jesus)
“Spong lifts the myths surrounding scripture, stripping away the superfluous so the kernal of truth becomes reality.” (Reverend R. Robert Kimes, Director Religious Activities, Bay View, MI)
“Remarkably insightful and honest, John Shelby Spong explores some of the most compelling issues of our time.” (Reverend Jarmo Tarkki, Ph.D.)
“The Sins of Scripture challenges Christians to look beyond the myths of their faith into the heart of the matter.” (Bill O'Reilly, Anchor, Fox News Channel)
“This absorbing book has much to offer readers of all persuasions.” (Publishers Weekly)
“With prophetic vigor, Spong lays bare the evil done…in the name of God...[and] calls the Christian community to accountability....” (Spirituality and Health magazine)
“This book is long overdue...” (New York Times)
“A valuable modernist manifesto for progressive readers seeking a response to the conservative theology dominating the news these days.” (Boston Globe)
John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.
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Book Description HarperOne, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060762055
Book Description HarperSan Francisco, San Francisco, Ca., Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Book Description: The author (the episcopal bishop of Newark points out how the bible has been used by many different leaders to support their positions and beliefs. "Anyone who has ever felt threatened or overrun by a Bible-quoting, religious mentality operating in the political arena will find this book a must read." (Book statement). Book ships from Silver Plume, CO. Bookseller Inventory # BS092
Book Description HarperOne, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060762055