Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

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HarperOne #ad - In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life. Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, new york times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision.

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Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

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HarperOne #ad - As an educator, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, clergyman, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. In this, he continues that rigorous tradition, his final book, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come.

Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God. With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. Does the idea of god still have meaning? can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today #ad - . Enduring for more than 200 years, Luther’s movement was then followed by a "revolutionary time of human knowledge. Yet these advances in our thinking had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrine—which has led the faith to a critical point once again. Bible scholar and episcopal bishop john shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma.

Five hundred years after martin luther and his ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517.

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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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HarperOne #ad - John shelby spong, scholarly and authentic christianity, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple.

The fourth gospel was designed first to place jesus into the context of the Jewish scriptures, then to place him into the worship patterns of the synagogue and finally to allow him to be viewed through the lens of a popular form of first-century Jewish mysticism. The result of this intriguing study is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.

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Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks To Believers In Exile A New Reformation of the Church's Faith & Practice

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HarperSan Francisco #ad - 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. 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?, prayer, Bishop Spong explores the future of ethics, and Christianity itself.

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Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

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HarperOne #ad - A global and pioneering leader of progressive christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". Pulling back the layers of a long-standing gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel #ad - Using the gospel of matthew as a guide, symbols, icons, the details of the passion story, the miracles, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, and the resurrection and ascension, including the virgin birth, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written.

Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning. In biblical literalism: a gentile heresy, spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

In this profound and considered work, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship.

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Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

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HarperOne #ad - Pulling back the layers of a long-standing gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy. Using the gospel of matthew as a guide, icons, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, symbols, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, including the virgin birth, the miracles, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written.

Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning. In biblical literalism: a gentile heresy, spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel #ad - . Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. In this profound and considered work, history, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, and patterns of worship. A global and pioneering leader of progressive christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

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Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

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HarperOne #ad - Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. As an educator, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, clergyman, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. Enduring for more than 200 years, Luther’s movement was then followed by a "revolutionary time of human knowledge.

Yet these advances in our thinking had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrine—which has led the faith to a critical point once again. Bible scholar and episcopal bishop john shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma.

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today #ad - To keep christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation. Does the idea of god still have meaning? can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

. In this, he continues that rigorous tradition, his final book, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come. Five hundred years after martin luther and his ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517.

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Jesus for the Non-Religious

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HarperOne #ad - The pope describes the ancient traditional jesus; bishop Spong Brings Us a Jesus Modern People Can Be Inspired By Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne.

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

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HarperOne #ad - Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, treating women as second-class humans, anti-Semitism, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good.

Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. 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.

The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love #ad - 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. In the history of the western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians.

Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. 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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A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith Is Dying and How a New Faith Is Being Born

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HarperSanFrancisco #ad - It must be able to allow God and Satan to come together in each of us. Now the controversial champion of a more open and progressive Christianity courageously presents his inspiring alternative of what true faith should be today, offering a unified vision of authentic Christian belief for the third millennium.

What does god look like beyond theism? how do we understand evil? who is christ when traditional concepts such as incarnation, atonement, Bishop Spong goes beyond abstract theology to present his vision of a radically new humanity rooted in God, and the Trinity no longer communicate any meaning? In answering these questions, yet matured beyond the need for a supernatural parental deity.

A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith Is Dying and How a New Faith Is Being Born #ad - A new christianity for a New World offers an understanding of Christianity that is free of exclusivity and shame. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. The church of tomorrow, lie writes, must be able to "incorporate all of our reality. Bishop john shelby spong has devoted his life to championing an authentic Christianity based on love, not hatred.

It must unite christ with Antichrist, male with female, Jesus with Judas, heterosexual with homosexual.

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Jesus for the Non-Religious

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HarperOne #ad - Jesus for the non-religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth—a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding that has for so long surrounded the Jesus of history, from the tale of his miraculous birth to a virgin, to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky at the end of his life.

Traditional christians who still cling to dated concepts of the past will not be comfortable with this book; however, skeptics of the twenty-first century will not be quite so certain that dismissing Jesus is the correct pathway to walk. Spong questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, and that the miracle stories were meant to be descriptions of supernatural events.

He also speaks directly to those contemporary critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who write letters to a "Christian nation" and describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first-century synagogue.

Jesus for the Non-Religious #ad - Writing from his prison cell in nazi germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "religionless Christianity. In this book, john shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. Dismissing the dispute about jesus' nature that consumed the church's leadership for the first 500 years of Christian history as irrelevant, Spong proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ: as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity.

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