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Fascinating and disturbing manifesto,
This review is from: Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile (Paperback)
In this, his latest theological work, Bishop John Spong systematically delves into contradictions and conflicts between biblical literalism and modern society. He spotlights the uneasy mix between traditional Christian faith and a modern world-view: contrasting the seven-day creation story with fossils dating back billions of years: the understanding of Earth as but one planet in one galaxy of millions are just two examples of the major shifts in the world view that have taken place since the birth and death of Christ.
For those espousing Biblical literalism and fundamentalism, this book will read like utter heresy. For the true atheist, perhaps, it will seem like goody-goody wishful thinking. Yet, throughout it all, Spong clings to the notion that God is Love, God is Life, God as the ultimate Source of All, and urges people, Christians or not, to examine their beliefs and enter into discussion and dialogue about what Christianity and religion mean in the world today, and for the next millennium. Even when I disagree with Bishop Spong's conclusions, he makes me reevaluate my own faith, and thus both stimulates and refreshes it. I am grateful for this book, even as it disturbs me.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2007 6:41:03 PM PDT
Michael Erisman says:
Wow. I am at a loss for how duped you must be to accept this nonsense. Either Spong is correct, and is therefore perhaps the biggest hypocrite ever, or he is incorrect in which case he is sadly lost. Either way, hardly the person to follow. It all comes down to this: God is real and the Bible is true, or it isn't. If it isn't then you can do a whole lot better than what Spong throws at you to believe instead.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2008 10:25:08 PM PDT
dude, you are soooo stuck in black-and-white thinking. Read Fowler's Stages of Spiritual Growth (Or M. Scott Peck's abridged version)..you are stage II all the way, baby (Peck's version).
Posted on Mar 5, 2010 1:31:13 PM PST
Who says that God did not create Dinosaurs? Get a clue!
In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2010 10:41:41 PM PDT
I've always believed the God worked *through* natural law, myself....
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2010 1:44:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2010 1:55:39 PM PST
You state, "Either "God is real and the Bible is true, or it isn't?" That is black and white thinking to the extreme!
Let me rephrase that: Your statement, "Either God is real and the Bible is true, or it isn't" is NOT thinking at all! For one thing, a lot of religions believe in God but do not adhere to the Christian bible. In fact there are religions that believe in the Old Testament of the Bible but not the New Testament of the Bible--how do you account for these religions? The mindless following of non-thinkers (or over-trusters) led to theJim Jones Massacre in Guyana. 'Non-thinking' serves no one well.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 6:10:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2011 6:10:44 PM PDT
James G. Lee says:
I'm an (gasp!) atheist but I plan on reading this and couple of other of Spong's books in the near future.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. I am going to decide whether Spong is thus my friend. Maybe - maybe not - I'll see - hey, what the heck, the books are only $4 each.
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