Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 288 pages
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An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Bishop John Shelby Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather than blind faith, on love rather than judgment, and that focuses on life more than religion.

 

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William James would say that the reason I like Bishop Spong so much is that because he reconfirms all of my already existing prejudices. But this book rang like a revelation to me. At a time when I ... Read full review

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The Christianity formulated in a 1st century desert is totally inadequate to life after two thousand years of progress in science and knowledge. Spong details the inadequacies of Christianity and its traditions. Read full review

Contents

Preface
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
Notes
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE

EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
A Final Word
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
Bibliography
About the Author
OTHER BOOKS BY JOHN SHELBY SPONG
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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 over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.

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