The Sins of Scripture (eBook)
The Sins of Scripture (eBook)
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.
About the Author
John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for twenty-four years prior to his retirement in 2000. Since then he has taught at Harvard University, the University of the Pacific and Drew University and he has been a visiting lecturer at universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world. His books have sold over a million copies and he is regarded as one of Christianitys frontier twenty-first-century thinkers. His bestselling titles include Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, A New Christianity for a New World, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
Praise for The Sins of Scripture…
“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.”