Spong refers to himself as a believer in exile. He believes the world into which Christianity was born was limited and provincial, particularly when viewed from the perspective of the progress in knowledge and technology made over the past two millennia. This makes any ideas or beliefs formulated in 1st-century Judea totally inadequate to our progressive minds and lives today. So Spong is in exile until Christianity is re-formed to discard all of the outdated and, according to Spong, false tenets of Christianity.
He begins his book by exposing the Apostles Creed line by line, then methodically moves on through the heart of Christian belief, carefully exploring each aspect, demonstrating in each case the inadequacies of Christianity as detailed in the Bible and in the traditions of the Church. The epilogue includes Spong's own creed, recast to reflect the beliefs he considers relevant to Christianity at the end of the 20th century.
Oddly enough, Spong's views do not seem particularly new. In fact, his views seem very much in keeping with the religious humanist variety of Unitarianism. What is remarkable is not the beliefs themselves, but that an Episcopal bishop would be the one to embrace and espouse them. Spong has become a trumpeter in the battle of beliefs, not just in the Episcopal communion, but in the realm of Christian faith in general in this country. His books are bestsellers and are in turn, presumably, read by those who, whether they agree or disagree, all acknowledge that in some way, Spong is involved in setting the agenda. This book, as the admitted "summation of his life's work" tells every reader what the complete agenda will be, for the next few years at least. --Patricia Klein --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
knowledgeable concern for the future of Christianity offers
strength, hope, and theological solutions."
-- -- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run
with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful
"Should be required reading for everyone concerned with facing
head-on the intellectual and spiritual challenges of
late-twentieth-century religious life."
-- -- Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School
"Bishop Spong is a passionate, illuminating original. His knowledgeable concern for the future of Christianity offers strength, hope, and theological solutions." -- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener
"Should be required reading for everyone concerned with facing head-on the intellectual and spiritual challenges of late-twentieth-century religious life." -- Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School
"Spong demolishes the stifling dogma of traditional Christianity in search of the inner core of truth. This book is a courageous, passionate attempt to build a credible theology for a skeptical, scientific age." -- Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God
"This is an important contribution to the Christian dilemma of our time. With reverence, courage, and compassion, Bishop Spong helps his readers to articulate their difficulties with the conception of God and, in so doing, to take the first step toward a creative resolution." -- Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God
I turned down most every page. I will be thinking about this book for a very long time. It confirmed many of my thoughts on theism.Published 21 days ago by kwrds
Helped clear my mind of many questions I have asked myself over my lifetime. Makes the picture perfectly clear for me. A little drawn out but great none the less.Published 26 days ago by Barry
Bishop Spong explores some of the beliefs that are no longer feasible in the Christian churchPublished 1 month ago by rev t
Excellent read. In the first few pages, I began to wonder if I'd written this book myself because it expressed my views so succinctly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheryl Falgout
A book everyone needs to read. Makes you think realistically or simply leads on to think. It will improve your understanding of organized religion and the spiritual side of being... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wilma Tays
I like this book, although I'm not sure it lives up to the title. I guess when I hear "why Christianity must change or die" I expect the author to try and convince me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Murphy
It is very interesting and it might explain why churches in Europe have seen a drop in membership. However, churches in many parts of the world including the United States have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marie Olver
This book is now 16 years old, and I have watched some of the needed changes Bp. Spong speaks of come into being. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Old Sometime Hiker