The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God. Now, legendary Episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses these passages, shattering our misconceptions and delivering a new vision of how Christians today can use the Bible.
About the Author
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 The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; 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 overthe world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.
“Spong shares his extraordinary gift of conveying the Bible’s spiritual and ethical authority…”
-Jack D. Spiro, Harry Lyons Distinguished Chair of Judaic Culture, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Spong demonstrates the prophetic vocation that prefers truth to lies, honesty to hypocrisy, common sense to sick religious ideologies.”
-Matthew Fox, president, University of Creation Spirituality, author of Original Blessing, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, and One River, Many Wells
“Another brilliant chapter in Spong’s quest to rescue the Bible from fundamentalism.”
-Robert W. Funk, Jesus Seminar, author of Honest to Jesus
“Spong lifts the myths surrounding scripture, stripping away the superfluous so the kernal of truth becomes reality.”
-Reverend R. Robert Kimes, Director Religious Activities, Bay View, MI
“Remarkably insightful and honest, John Shelby Spong explores some of the most compelling issues of our time.”
-Reverend Jarmo Tarkki, Ph.D.
“The Sins of Scripture challenges Christians to look beyond the myths of their faith into the heart of the matter.”
-Bill O'Reilly, Anchor, Fox News Channel
“This absorbing book has much to offer readers of all persuasions.”
“With prophetic vigor, Spong lays bare the evil done…in the name of God...[and] calls the Christian community to accountability....”
-Spirituality and Health magazine
“This book is long overdue...”
-New York Times
“A valuable modernist manifesto for progressive readers seeking a response to the conservative theology dominating the news these days.”