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"[B]rilliantly lucid, clear, common-sense and to-the-point style."

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"This discussion must help both believers and enquirers to a deeper understanding of their religious impulses."

(Epworth Review)

"Anthony Freeman is asking exactly the questions that the Christianity of the twenty-first century needs to be asking. I find myself admiring his courage, his honesty and his incredible willingness to be vulnerable. I am drawn deeply to the integrity of his personal struggle... Those who are familiar with my work must surely know that... I come to quite different conclusions. [Yet] Anthony Freeman's is a life we need to honour, and a message we need to hear."

(John Shelby Spong, author 'Christianity Must Change or Die')

"A brave and very well-written book."

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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 The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; 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 overthe world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Series: Societas (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic; 2nd edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907845177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907845171
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Freeman is a de-frocked Anglican priest. Why did he get the boot? Maybe it's because he dared to say what many people already suspect, that God is not "out there," in heaven, outside of history, distant, aloof, and silent, but "in here," alive and present. Does Anthony believe in God or doesn't he? The church said no, and he had to go. He says yes. It depends how you understand God. He presents his reasoning in this brief, but provocative gem.
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GOD IN US is a fascinating little book which presents a fairly radical view of God and the current state of Christianity. Actually it contains two contrasting viewpoints counting the interesting Foreward provided by John Shelby Spong.

Anthony Freeman does not believe in the traditional God of Christianity as described in the Bible and the Creeds. He does not put faith in an objective God out there somewhere but instead chooses to construct a God from his own most cherished values. Freeman's ideas of God are very similar to those expressed by Don Cupitt who places great emphasis on embracing the Void.Freeman regards the Bible and the Creeds as purely human inventions. In fact, he considers all religions to be made entirely by humans.

Spong, on the other hand, talks about God as if it actually exists in the depths of being. He believes that he experiences God although he is not able to explain God.

Freeman and Spong are at their best when describing what is wrong with Christianity. They are much less convincing when they try to offer solutions for fixing it.
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Throughout history, there have been many concepts of the supernatural. In ancient times, the Gods and Goddesses resembled humans with special powers. More recently, they were all-powerful beings in charge of a defined geographical area. Still more recently, God has been visualized as an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibeneficient spirit, in spite of the logical contradictions that these attributes generate. Freeman has taken the next step, towards a God who is not "an invisible person 'out there' somewhere, but lives in the human heart and mind as 'the sum of all our values and ideals' guiding and inspiring our lives." Unfortunately, the Church of England was not willing to tolerate one of their priests taking this step.
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