Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture Paperback – April 10, 1992
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“[Spong is] striving to revive the imaginative possibilities of ancient Scripture for the women and men of today.” (Mirabella)
From the Publisher
By popular demand--study guides to two of Bishop John Shelby Spong's bestselling and controversial works, including questions, reflections, and summaries for group and individual use. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 68%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
impression of the Bible as a broadly dispersed (temporally) collection of ancient writings that brings to us a partial view of our history (i.e. tomographically presenting a particular 'angle' of this vision). With a priest's scholarship and precision he dismisses the Bible as God's inerrant word and encourages in us a healthier less constrained and less conflicted response. However, I find a major inconsistency in his overall
conclusions and interpretations about the Christian message. Consistent with his methodology, those conclusions and interpretations are not in the Bible either but instead, are his personal extractions, reactions and opinions from its reading. My views differ from his significantly but Bishop Spong is well-intentioned and his work stimulates much needed respectful exchange about the basis of what we come to believe and its dominating influence in western society. In Bishop Spong, I find a writer and thinker who shows that it is possible to have one's Bible and mind open at the same time. I caution the reader that his writing style is quite repetitive but perhaps this comes from a career of much preaching.
Guiding the reader through the Old Testament, the Pauline epistles and finally the 4 Gospels, Spong methodically shows elements of disagreement, contracdiction and error in the Bible, by whic he attempts to show that literal interpretation of the scriptures is both illogical as well as misguided. As quickly and efficiently as Spong deconstructs the literalist view of scripture, he suports a view of scripture as a basis for learning, growth, and as guideposts to the truth.
Warning the reader that to cling to inerrancy in scripture as idolatry - the Bible being a work of man - he also encourages the reader to become more familiar with scripture and discover the richness of the message it contains, to dig for the universal and timeless truths underlying the timebound traditions, and to embrace the universal love that God demonstrates in the scriptures.
This is definitely a work for those who wish to reclaim some meaning in the ancient scriptures in light of our modern world and our own life experiences in this post-modern environment. One doesn't have to abandon scripture to make sense out of the real meaning behind the stories, one simply needs to understand the context and accept that things are a bit different today.
You must read this volume if you are a serious Biblical scholar - even if you disagree completely, it is worth understanding an alternative point of view. Be not afraid, Bishop Spong is striving to bring Christianity and the Bible to life for modern people. This is a revival, not a wake!
I enjoyed his perspective that the truths of God are beyond the limited communications mechanism of words (particularly words written in another language, culture, and time). But I was disapointed in his often skirting over "obvious" Bible contraditions with a mere statement that they existed (when I looked them up, it was less than "obvious" to me that a contradition was in the referenced passages).
The oft-presented fundamentalist "slippery slope" arguement (e.g. if we don't accept the six 24-hour creation days view all the Bible will become useless) needs to be challenged by books like Sprongs. Though some of his reasoning was weak and I believe some of his conclusions were plain wrong, this book does still offer food for thought to any Christian seeking the truths of God.
This book has sparked my own interest to further my studies into the origins and reported contradictions of the Bible. So for that reason alone, Christians should read it.