- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; New Ed edition (26 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060675365
- ISBN-13: 978-0060675363
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile Paperback – 26 Apr 2001
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"This is an important contribution to the Christian dilemma of our time. With reverence, courage, and compassion, Bishop Spong helps his readers to articulate their difficulties with the conception of God and, in so doing, to take the first step toward a creative resolution." -- Karen Armstrong, author of "A History of God""Bishop Spong is a passionate, illuminating original. His knowledgeable concern for the future of Christianity offers strength, hope, and theological solutions." -- Clarissa Pinkola Est?s, Ph.D., author of "Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, " and "The Faithful Gardener""Should be required reading for everyone concerned with facing head-on the intellectual and spiritual challenges of late-twentieth-century religious life." -- Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School "Spong demolishes the stifling dogma of traditional Christianity in search of the inner core of truth. This book is a courageous, passionate attempt to build a credible theology for a skeptical, scientific age." -- Paul Davies, author of "The Mind of God""This is Spong's manifesto, offering his vision for the institution he made his career serving." -- "Library Journal"
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 Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, 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 over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.
Top Customer Reviews
Bishop Spong has "Rattled a Few Cages" in his most recent book, cages that needed rattling. No one knows "the truth" of whatever god/gods there be, yet one that is accepting and loving and is within us rather than "out in space" somewhere is certainly an appealing thought to consider.
Don't read this book unless you can handle a challenging read.
Although Bishop Spong's conclusions are not original with his own thinking, he has systematically examined the nature of human sexuality, the Bible, the ideas of virgin birth and resurrection, and the nature of Jesus with the lens of rationality, scholarship, and a concern that the church is perpetuating ideas that make it less possible for people to have a serious commitment to the Christian faith in a modern, technological world. Bishop Spong has asked believers to take seriously the question of why they believe what they believe and to not be cowed when they find that some of what they have taken "for granted" has little else upon which to stand.Read more ›
I'm still not quite sure I will ever believe in "God" again; Christianity just does not make any sense at all to me. However, I feel that Bishop Spong is inspiring Hope where there was none. I hope that many people will embrace Bishop Spong and his new insight with a sense of awestruck inspiration and hope.
Thank you, Bishop Spong! If a godly man ever lived, you are he. Please continue to write. I intend to read every word you have written thus far.
I found this book to be quite readable. Bishop Spong's ideas were presented in a very understandable way, asking very legitimate questions and providing reasonable answers which, at the very least, were thought provoking.
Anyone capable of truly thinking for her/himself will find this book a gold mine.
After reading this book i felt Christianity could perhaps evolve using a blueprint similar to this, and i felt forces within it were moving towards this more logical approach. My recent experience with Christians,however, has shown to me the problems they face without Spong's foward thinking.
Some of Spong's writings related to Jesus dying for the sins of the world, and also the idea of him being God incarnate are very bold and presented in a no-nonsense style. He rejects all these ideas and in very plain terms. His viewpoint on other religions is also very healthy to see and read. His views may annoy and offend the orthodox clergy, but for the people of this world what he says is a relief to hear.
Spong writes towards the end that history may show later that this book of his does not go far enough, to me the book goes a bit too far in places. During his demolition act of Christianity he also does away with a God that influences things in this world, and also does away with heaven and hell. This is my personal view, others may feel his vision should have gone further.
I hope this voice being raised in the Christian world will be listened to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent troubling thoughts brought to the forefront and examined with honesty. Yes God still lives in 2017 xxx thank youPublished 1 month ago by Cherry Smalley
Quite simply, if Christianity changes in the way Spong wants it too it will certainly die. His sort of theology doesn’t convert people. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Excellent, thought provoking and stimulating. answering a lot of my questions, but not with easy answers!Published 18 months ago by Eleanor Ann Holl
This guy only got publicity because (astonishingly) he was a bishop. His comments about modern churches and the bases of the Christian faith are puerile, the only people that he... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nutwood Bear
Spong at his godless worst!!
It appears that God has be be made in the image of Spong, and not as God had originally intended. Read more
I would conclude the same as many of the other reviewers. It has taken me months to read this as it is very challenging. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by R. Walker
I must say I was disappointed with this book. I had hoped that Bishop Spong would give more direction to what he sees as the future of Christianity but I found this sorely missing... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2012 by CJ Craig
For years I have solemnly recited one or other of the Christian Creeds all the while thinking to myself, 'I do not believe these words. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2011 by G. E. B. Russell
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