The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.

Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God." As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

 

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In this book, Bishop Spong offers an insightful look into exactly what The Bible does and does not say, placing its authors in the context of their time and culture. It is a "must read" for anyone ... Read full review

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I started reading this book and could not put it down until i had finished. John Shelby Spongs insight and wisdom was powerfully moving. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him whilst reading his coverage of bible texts. I liked reading a religious book that provides you with an indepth knowledge of more than one side, yet doesnt destroy the true meaning of the bible, Love 

Contents

Why This BookThis ThemeThis Author
3
A Claim That Cannot Endure
15
THE BIBLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
27
THE BIBLE AND WOMEN
69
THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
111
THE BIBLE AND CHILDREN
143
Violence Is Always ViolentWhether the
151
Searching for the Source of the Human Need to Suffer
161
The Circumstances That Brought Judas
205
THE BIBLE AND CERTAINTY
211
Creedal Development in the Christian Church
219
Since I Have the TruthNo One Comes
231
My Vision of an Interfaith Future
239
READING SCRIPTURE AS EPIC HISTORY
245
The Hebrew Scriptures Come into Being
247
Jesus and the Jewish Epic
277

Moving Beyond the Demeaning God
175
THE BIBLE AND ANTISEMITISM
181
Searching for the Origins of Christian AntiSemitism
183
AntiSemitism in the Gospels
193
The Role of Judas Iscariot in the Rise of AntiSemitism
199
Notes
299
Bibliography
305
Scripture Index
311
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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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