From Library Journal
$15.95. rel Noted for his liberal stands on sexuality, Newark's Episcopal Bishop argues with "passion and provocation" that traditional Christian views on sex represent patriarchal prejudice rather than God's will and invites readers to "enter the uncertainty of not knowing" and to free the Bible from "literalistic imprisonment" as they entertain possibilities like services blessing divorce, "betrothal" ceremonies (celebrating exclusive but temporary unions), and rituals sanctifying gay and lesbian partnerships. Spong sees all this as supplementing traditional marriage (which he also celebrates), not supplanting it. Bound to be controversial. EC
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“Probably the most radical pronouncement on sex ever issued by a bishop.” (Time magazine)
“John Shelby Spong…is a brave churchman. He has the guts to tell it like it is.” (National Catholic Reporter)