Why Christianity Must Change Or Die: A Bishop Speaks To Believers In Exile

Paperback | April 27, 1999

byJohn Shelby Spong

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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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Bishop John Shelby Spong is considered to be a radical, liberal Christian for his beliefs. He strongly feels that the role of women, homosexuality and fundamentalism are issues that need to dealt with by Christians. Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile is an engaging look at Spong's revolutionary c...

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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 ...

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal (Anglican) bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific, and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books includeThe Sins of Scripture,Eternal Life: A New Vision,Jesus for the Non-Religious,Why Ch...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 27, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rescue If you see the name Christ as pejorative or are embarrassed to say you are a Christian, this book is for you! Spong rescues Jesus from the literalists and fundamentalists and puts him back in the narrative called the Bible. Be prepared to open your mind. I fully understood Spong after reading the book 5 times! He writes about possibilities and realities beyond anything you have ever imagined and brings Christ and God into proper perspective. It is a refreshing read to have a Church leader admit that much of what we call Christian is unneccessary, irrelevant or outright human constructs. For example he points out that much of God's attributes are human! In other words, we have anthropomorphized God! I had grown dissatisfied with a number of Christian tenets and creeds. They no longer seemed to speak. Spong illustrates, theism is a dead construct and also a deadly one. Does society need a Parent-figure in the sky playing the role of Big Brother or Santa Claus meting out rewards and punishments? Read the book and prepare to find freedom to worship again!
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This guy makes sense! John Spong's honesty and brilliance is a real breath of fresh air. He has worked through a great many of theism's contradictions and no-sense. After many years of puzzlement I finally begin to see how and why Christianity is structured and where many of its liturgies and articles of faith have come from. Actually his examination of theism applies not only to Christianity but in a larger sense to all theistic (defined as belief in a personal, external, interventionist, paternalistic judgemental etc being) religions including Judaism and Islam to some degree. Very thought provoking and worthy of examination and further discussion by seeking minds everywhere.
Date published: 2000-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Having read this book as part of a broader investigation of Christianity, I found Bishop Spong's thoughts to be insightful and applicable to the modern world. Given the closed-mindedness and blind adherence to dogma that I encountered in so many other Christian writers, Bishop Spong's book was a breath of fresh air.
Date published: 2000-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book of revelation I found this book one of the most satisfying I ever read. The book addresses honestly questions which have puzzled me for the last 50 years. We are these days thankfully able to think for ourselves. If the book gives all the right answers, I do not know. Christianity should not discourage this thinking even if it rattles the cage of entrenched doctrine. After all any question should be permitted to stand. I equate Christianity with a lifestyle which includes honesty. Do you ?
Date published: 1999-10-27

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From Our Editors

Bishop John Shelby Spong is considered to be a radical, liberal Christian for his beliefs. He strongly feels that the role of women, homosexuality and fundamentalism are issues that need to dealt with by Christians. Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile is an engaging look at Spong's revolutionary creeds. He argues that the Christian religion must move to spirituality based on thought and love, and away from blind faith and damnation.

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“Bishop Spong is a passionate, illuminating original. His knowledgeable concern for the future of Christianity offers strength, hope, and theological solutions.” (Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener)