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Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture Paperback – April 10, 1992
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- I honor fundamentalism's demand that the Bible be taken seriously.
- To traffic in guilt as the church has done, to take the beauty and life-giving quality of sexual love and distort it with layer after layer of sexual guilt is simply no longer defensible, if it ever was.
- When the love of God is contained inside human barriers, it dies. It ceases to be the demanding, searing, opening love of God. It has become instead the perfume of human respectability, sprinkled on the cesspools of human negativity.
- Religion almost inevitably tries to take our anxiety away from us by claiming that which religion can never deliver - absolute certainty.
These are just a few of the many passages I highlighted when reading this volume. A book that I"m sure to read again and again for a different point of view, one that talks about the Bible not as a devinely inspired, unchanging thing, but as a tome that was written by men of their time trying to convey the deep meaning of the life altering experiences they encountered. A must read for it's measured, thoughtful, direct and stance.
Since reading this book two weeks agao I've been wondering why I hold certain beliefs, pondering new meanings and finding new insights. In short Spong has done something no other Priest or theologian has done for me in a LONG time - he's got me thinking about the Bible and my relation to it on a daily basis.
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Very interesting and compelling book for thinkers. I have really enjoyed the thought provoking chapters.
Book arrived in great condition.
Bishop Spong writes with a very piercing candor and logic. Challenges the reader to re-evaluate their thought processes as well.Published 1 month ago by Derrick
This book made so much sense to me, as a progressive Christian. It makes a very clear case for why one cannot take the Bible literally. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jmarjean
A scholarly work of heaping research and logic on the literalists' argument.Published 4 months ago by Leonard Buxton
Evocative and provocative. But It is not a book for fundamentalists. I love it and read it twice.Published 6 months ago by Sabry E. Mason
This author mixes verses with his years of schooling and experience in a very clear, concise way that keeps the reader intrigued.Published 6 months ago by LilyBelle
I really wanted to give Spong a chance. I did. But I just couldn't muddle my way through this slippery mess of a polemic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Morgan Mckinley
Interesting, but I don't agree with it and it doesn't seem to make sense to me.Published 8 months ago by Lina Miller