A New Creed for a New Millennium, from an Outspoken Advocate for a Christianity that is true to Jesus.
Building on his bestselling books Resucing the Bible from Fundamentalism and Living in Sin?, Bishop Spong explores the future of ethics, prayer, and Christianity itself. His manifesto is both the summation of his life's work and a guide for every reader searching for a reasoned, just, and loving faith.
"An important contribution to the Christian dilemma of our time. With reverence, courage, and compassion, Bishop Spong helps his readers to articulate their difficulties with the conception of God and, in so doing, top take the first step toward a creative resolution."
--Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God
"Spong is a singularity among ecclesiastical leaders in the twentieth century. His candor, courage, and acumen are unparalleled. He aspires to being a dying church back to life by fearlessly confronting the anomalies that have driven all too many Christians into exile."
--Robert W. Funk chair, The Jesus Seminar, and author if Honest to Jesus
"Spong demolishes the stifling dogma of traditional Christianity in search of the inner core of truth. It is a courageous, passionate attempt to build a credible theology for a skeptical, scientific age."
--Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God
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John Shelby Spong is the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and has enjoyed a career filled with controversy, much of it thanks to his many bestselling books, such as Born of a Woman, Living in Sin?, and Liberating the Gospels. He has tapped into an audience of people who are at once spiritually starved and curious, yet unwilling or unable to embrace Christianity.
Spong refers to himself as a believer in exile. He believes the world into which Christianity was born was limited and provincial, particularly when viewed from the perspective of the progress in knowledge and technology made over the past two millennia. This makes any ideas or beliefs formulated in 1st-century Judea totally inadequate to our progressive minds and lives today. So Spong is in exile until Christianity is re-formed to discard all of the outdated and, according to Spong, false tenets of Christianity.
He begins his book by exposing the Apostles Creed line by line, then methodically moves on through the heart of Christian belief, carefully exploring each aspect, demonstrating in each case the inadequacies of Christianity as detailed in the Bible and in the traditions of the Church. The epilogue includes Spong's own creed, recast to reflect the beliefs he considers relevant to Christianity at the end of the 20th century.
Oddly enough, Spong's views do not seem particularly new. In fact, his views seem very much in keeping with the religious humanist variety of Unitarianism. What is remarkable is not the beliefs themselves, but that an Episcopal bishop would be the one to embrace and espouse them. Spong has become a trumpeter in the battle of beliefs, not just in the Episcopal communion, but in the realm of Christian faith in general in this country. His books are bestsellers and are in turn, presumably, read by those who, whether they agree or disagree, all acknowledge that in some way, Spong is involved in setting the agenda. This book, as the admitted "summation of his life's work" tells every reader what the complete agenda will be, for the next few years at least. --Patricia KleinAbout the Author:
John Shelby Spong is Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and author of many books, including Living in Sin?, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Resurrection: Myth or Reality, and Born of a Woman.
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Book Description HarperSan Francisco, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Bishop Spong has Long Been American Christianity's premier liberal voice. But while he has called upon Christians to confront issues ranging from the role of women in the church to the perils of fundamentalism, he has never before drawn his audacious stands on Scripture, Jesus, sin, and morality together in a modern creed. Now, in Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Spong offers his unified and brilliant new vision of authentic Christian belief for our time.In a work even more thought-provoking and challenging than his bestselling books Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism and Living in Sin, Bishop Spong sounds the call for a Christianity based upon thought rather than blind belief, premised upon justice and love rather than judgment and literal-minded readings of the Bible. Arguing that fundamentalism is incompatible with true Christian faith -- and exploring the future of ethics, prayer, and Christianity itself -- Spong's manifesto is both the summation of his life's work and a guide for every reader searching for a reasoned, just, and loving faith. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060675322
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