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To my mind this is the best of Spong's books yet. The way he mixes personal experience with history and theological thinking weaves a tapestry that makes this very daunting subject much less intimidating. What I also find interesting is how this book links to positions Spong has taken in his earlier works, notably Why Christianity must Die..., in a way that both reminded me of his theses in these works but also deepened my understanding of where he was coming from on a deeper level.
Some people will be apalled at his views, but others greatly comforted. On reading this one can say in a very different way, "death where is thy sting!"
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2012 10:00:00 AM PDT
My review revisited... I recently completed a reading group in which we spent 5 weeks reading this book carefully, accompanied by discussions of a targeted set of questions. At the end, I have to admit, we all found the book--as interesting as it was from the perspective of Spong's personal history--less than satisfactory, particularly the leap of faith at the end, after which Spong sort of 'capitulates' by asserting his belief in eternal life based on 'union with the whole through love'... For those of us who don't come from a fundamentalist background, the book delivered less than it promised. That being said, the group found grappling with the subject a very useful exercise.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 2:53:33 PM PST
Eric Gudorf says:
I find it entertaining that Spong uses science all the time to "Debunk" and even discredit any and all supernatural claims made in the Bible, but now is saying that there's such a thing as life after death, a most UNscientific concept?
Could it be that Spong, who is himself in his last years, is terrified of just ending up a rotting corpse in a pine box and now want the "God" he mostly doesn't believe in to tell him he will not, in fact, die after all?
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