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Tried for Heresy Paperback – 20 Sep 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (20 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903816521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903816523
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Furlong an Anglican priest for nearly thirty years, though currently without a licence, is studying for a post-graduate degree in International Peace Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

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This is an important book. Modern scholarship has shown that the old certainties of Christianity cannot really be maintained. They do not negate a belief in the divine but call for a new understanding. This is the story of a clergyman who genuinely cannot support the traditional view of Jesus as divine. He wanted his approach to Christianity to be "a quest for meaning and truth-a journey characterised by uncertainty, provisionality, pluralism, tolerance and the constant need to re-interpret the faith for a new age." His bishop could not support Andrew furlong staying in his post, and one can see his reasoning. Furlong tells the story of his attempt to introduce changes, the opposition and his eventual removal. There are chapters on some of the implications. A reader probably needs an existing interest to complete the book but it is written in an accessible style. The issues raised are not going to go away and the clamour to be heard can only increase.
Ian Stevenson
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell 9 April 2004
By Andrew J. Good - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book lays open the attitude of the modern church toward its loving critics: "Don't ask, don't tell."
Andrew Furlong was a priest of The Church of Ireland, a priest who knew from the moment he was ordained that his mind could not accept many ancient dogmas as they were usually interpreted. He shared his intellectual reservations with a few colleagues, and some older clergy. All these people encouraged him to remain in the priesthood. Furlong served for a time as a hospital chaplain, then for eleven years as a missionary in Zimbabwe. On his return from Zimbabwe he was assigned to be a local priest.
Furlong was confident his unorthodox beliefs would not be a problem in his local parish, since his bishop was a friend with whom he had often discussed his beliefs. All went well until Furlong began to publish articles which were accessible to the laity. His bishop then called him in, demanded that he recant, and, when Furlong refused to change, dismissed him from his parish. This led to preparations for a trial for heresy, the first in the lifetime of any of those who were scheduled to participate. Preparations for the trial went on long enough to create controversy across the entire Christian world. At the last moment, Furlong withdrew from the priesthood to save himself and his church the agony of the trial itself.
As he forcefully describes in his account, the planned trial was more a trial of The Church of Ireland (and, by extension, of the entire Christian church) than it was about the beliefs of Andrew Furlong. The church was shown to be a hypocrite, willing to wink at its so-called heretics as long as they remain quiet, but ready to pounce on them when they are so bold as to share their insights and doubts with the larger community.
In the final chapters of his book, Furlong shares in a positive manner the beliefs that have sustained him through his difficulties-beliefs that are intellectually responsible and in harmony with the broader traditions of the Christian community. His moving Credo can be an inspiration for all those whom John Spong has called "Christians in exile." This book is essential reading for all who find spiritual sustenance in the basic Christian myths, yet want to interpret those myths in ways that preserve intellectual integrity.
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The sad story of a troublemaker 30 Dec. 2010
By A1987 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is nothing more than a badly written story by a troublemaker.

Furlong was asked, at his ordination, if he believed Jesus is the Son of God and he answered "yes" - however the book makes clear that that answer was a lie - even at his ordination Furlong know he didn't believe that Jesus was the Son of God.

Then, to soothe his conscience for having betrayed his own beliefs (by making the ordination vows), he started teaching contrary to the creeds of the church that was employing him. Rather than step down and accept that he didn't believe in the Christian religion, he tried to remain a Christian priest and continue to receive a salary.

It is Furlong who is a hypocrite - I'd far rather read something by Prof Richard Dawkins, who is always honest about his beliefs (and has never suggested that the Church should pay him a salary to attack it!)
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Awful Ranting 14 Sept. 2006
By Daniel Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author is a heretic God-hater trying to get sympathy for speaking out against God. We already have a concise enough example of this in Scripture with Judas committing suicide to get people to feel sorry for him. We don't need an entire book of blathering on the subject.
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