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John Shelby Spong

Full Name: John Shelby Spong
Gender: Male
Number of Works: 25
John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000. As a leading spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and progressive Christianity, Bishop Spong has taught at Harvard and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also lectured at universities, conference centers, and churches in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. His books include: A New Christianity for a New World, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Resurrection: Myth or Reality? Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and his autobiography, Here I Stand.

ISBN: 0060675365, 9780060675363
Keywords: believers, exile, speaks, bishop, change, christianity
Pages: 288
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Bishop John Shelby Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather than blind faith, on love rather than judgment, and that focuses on life more than religion.
ISBN: 0060675187, 9780060675189
Keywords: meaning, scripture, rethinks, bishop, bible, fundamentalism, rescuing
Pages: 272
Published: 1991
  • Rating: 80%

By popular demand—study guides to two of Bishop John Shelby Spong's bestselling and controversial works, including questions, reflections, and summaries for group and individual use.
ISBN: 0060778407, 9780060778408
Keywords: reveal, god, love, hate, texts, scripture, exposing, bible, sins
Pages: 336
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 80%

In The Sins of Scripture, Bishop John Shelby Spong takes on a thematic exploration of the Bible, carefully analyzing those passages that inform some of our key debates, like the role of women in the church and in society, and homosexuality, to name just two. Beyond that he also looks at scriptures that have helped shape culture and history -- bringing to light the undercurrent of anti-Semitism he finds in the Gospels, for example. The journey is particularly compelling because Bishop Spong believes in and values the good the Bible has brought to many through the ages. His goal is not to def
ISBN: 0060762071, 9780060762070
Keywords: religious, non, jesus
Pages: 316
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%

Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethle
ISBN: 0060670630, 9780060670634
Keywords: new, faith, dying, world, christianity, traditional
Pages: 304
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 80%

Bishop John Shelby Spong has devoted his life to championing an authentic Christianity based on love, not hatred. In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Spong convincingly demonstrated the limits of traditional faith and the toll its outmoded beliefs take on human life. Now the controversial champion of a more open and progressive Christianity courageously presents his inspiring alternative of what true faith should be today, offering a unified vision of authentic Christian belief for the third millennium.What does God look like beyond theism? How do we understand evil? W
ISBN: 0060675233, 9780060675233
Keywords: woman
Pages: 272
Published: 1992
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0060762063, 9780060762063
Keywords: theism, heaven, hell, religion, vision, life, new, eternal
Pages: 272
Published: 2009
  • Rating: 80%

Bishop John shelby spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. God, says spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the li
ISBN: 006067539X, 9780060675394
Keywords: love, equality, integrity, christianity, struggle, stand
Pages: 480
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 80%

The legendary Episcopal Bishop tells of his lifelong struggle to champion an authentic christianity based on love, not hatred.