The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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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)

About the Author:

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal (Anglican) bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific, and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books include The Sins of Scripture, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

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