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God in Us: A Case for Christian Humanism (Societas) Paperback – August 1, 2001
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"This discussion must help both believers and enquirers to a deeper understanding of their religious impulses."(Epworth Review)
"A brave and very well-written book."(The Freethinker)
"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')
"[B]rilliantly lucid, clear, common-sense and to-the-point style."(Philosophy Now)
About the Author
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 Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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I, like Spong, have some difficulty buying into Freeman's "no objective God" concepts. But his writing has me pondering, so I'll keep doing so.Published on June 23, 2013 by Barbara Auten