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  John Shelby Spong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He rejects the historical truth of some Christian doctrines, such as the virgin birth (Spong, 1992) and the bodily resurrection of Jesus that he claims would define the resurrection as the literal resuscitation of the corpse of Jesus (Spong, 1994).
Spong is the bestselling and, arguably, most visible liberal theologian of recent times, though some liberal Christians would be uncomfortable in being classified with the same terminology and would prefer to think of Spong as considerably beyond "liberal" -- radical, perhaps.
As such he is representative of a stream of Christian thought with roots in the medieval universalism of Peter Abelard and the existentialism of Paul Tillich.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/John_Shelby_Spong   (1429 words)

 John Shelby Spong Book Review
John Shelby Spong is the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey.
Spong shows that Matthew is considerably longer than Mark precisely because he needs to supply the missing material, and that the bulk of the new sections are in the early part of his Gospel, to fill in the missing Sabbaths from Passover to Rosh Hashanah and the festival of Pentecost.
Spong is not the first to suggest (p.236f.) that the evangelists were forced to turn to midrash for the details of the trial and crucifixion because all of Jesus' followers fled the scene upon his arrest, and so there were no eyewitnesses to the climax of Jesus' life.
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 CCLEC Publications -- Why I Feel Sorry for Bishop Spong
Spong not only holds many positions that I find deeply mistaken and disturbing, he defends those positions in a grandstanding manner that produces understandable anger among his critics.
Somehow Spong picked up the amazing idea that the orderly world of natural laws that modern science describes is incompatible with belief in a God who created that world and is capable of acting in it.
Spong brings to mind theologian Rudolf Bultmann's infamous (and ridiculous) claim that it is impossible to believe in miracles and at the same time use electrical lights.
www.episcopalian.org /cclec/paper-evans.htm   (1124 words)

 Profile of a Bishop: John Shelby Spong
During these years Spong grew ever closer to his teenagers, becoming a mother as well as a father to them, though he recalls that Joan was always sweet and loving to their daughters.
Bishop Spong smiles recalling that he was not part of the hiring committee and says that Christine and his secretary, Wanda Hollenbeck, between them proceeded to turn the diocese upside down.
Spong's hope for the church is that it can learn to tell its old, old story in new ways the modern world can hear.
www.dioceseofnewark.org /jsspong/profile.html   (3475 words)

 Rescuing the Gospel from Bishop Spong - Probe Ministries   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Spong argues that "the essence of Christ was confused with the form in which that essence was communicated."{10} All the biblical writers got it wrong.
Referring to Spong's gospel, Price observes that "for Christianity to change on such a scale, and for it to die, are one and the same thing."{19} It would seem that if Spong is trying to save Christianity for the modern, scientific, rational mind, he has failed.
Spong lumps all types of conservative Christians together into one straw man, one who happens to believe in a flat earth located at the center of the universe.
www.probe.org /content/view/877/77   (2186 words)

 John Shelby Spong. A Critique of Liberating the Gospels
Spong repeatedly challenges his readers that such and such a connection with the Old Testament is too amazing to be coincidental, but, in fact, coincidences happen all the time.
Spong correctly sees Jesus’ wandering around in the desert for forty days as an echo of the Exodus, but rather than being a midrashic retelling, it was an intentional re-enactment.
John the Baptist is identified as the messenger in Mal.
www.tektonics.org /qt/spong02.html   (4289 words)

 MPR Books - "A New Christianity for a New World" by John Shelby Spong
John Shelby Spong thinks too many of us are spoonfed a Christianity based on outmoded concepts.
Bishop Spong empowers those who are disillusioned by religion to discover a God who is the source of life and the source of love, unbounded by the limits of any tradition.
John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, for 24 years before his retirement in 2000.
www.mpr.org /www/books/titles/spong_newchristianity.shtml   (599 words)

 UUCA Sermon - Change Agents in the Church: Bishop John Shelby Spong - December 10, 2000
Spong is one of the new heretical voices for reform in today’s church.
John Shelby Spong, scholar, author, and bishop, is the most published member of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Spong agrees with the theologian, Paul Tillich, once his teacher, who was convinced that there should be a moratorium declared on the use of the word “God”; for a least a hundred years to rid it of the distorted and dying external images of yesterday’s prevalent ideas.
www.uucava.org /sermons/Spong121000.htm   (4141 words)

 Who is Christ For Us? - John Shelby Spong
John saw Christ in terms of the preexistent deity who was Being itself, the great I Am.
John's gospel, for example, says that Jesus engaged the woman at the well in a significant liturgical and theological discussion (4:7-30), even though Jewish males did not converse with women in a public place.
Jesus clearly had women disciples, led by the intrepid Magdalene, who was obviously a key person in the Jesus movement, despite the church's later historical trashing of her reputation by turning her into a prostitute without a shred of evidence to support this act of character assassination.
www.escapefromwatchtower.com /spong3.html   (11944 words)

 John Shelby Spong on the burial of Jesus
John Shelby Spong on the Burial of Jesus
John Shelby Spong is the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (1976-2000).
JOHN A. I am a lifelong Episcopalian with one foot firmly planted in liberal theological views and the principles of Progressive Christianity and one foot planted in conservative thought and traditional orthodoxy.
www.shroudstory.com /faq-spong-on-burial.htm   (3552 words)

 John Shelby Spong: Anglican Nightmare : Christian Courier
John Shelby Spong, an ex-bishop of the Anglican Church, has made a career of being a rogue “priest” who assaults almost everything that is sacred within the Christian religion.
In 1976, Spong was “consecrated” as “Bishop Coadjutor” of the Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, and, as a sympathetic writer (Ellen Barrett) has observed, “the Episcopal Church has not been the same since” (see: http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/jsspong/profile.html).
Spong, John Shelby (1992), Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Birth of Jesus (San Francisco: Harper).
www.christiancourier.com /penpoints/anglicanNightmare.htm   (1185 words)

 What's Wrong With Bishop Spong?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Spong ignores the fact that the deity could by a further chain of miraculous interventions deal with the alleged physical consequences”God could probably have slowed the atmosphere, oceans and magma at the same rate as the solid parts of the earth.
Spong endorsed Judith Dale’s comments that the scientific arguments for homosexuality amounted to a form of oppression and were therefore unwanted by a large section of the homosexual community.
Spong criticised the Gospel writers for allegedly inventing the character of Judas Iscariot the betrayer as an excuse to persecute the Jews.
www.answersingenesis.org /Docs/1119.asp   (14749 words)

 John Shelby Spong: A Revolutionary, Rational Anti-Religionist
John Shelby Spong is one such man. He is a former Episcopal (Anglican) Bishop who has taken a very unique, provocative position regarding religious faith.
Spong advocates equal rights for women and is not opposed to same sex marriages.
As for same sex marriages, Spong has admitted having to bless roads, farm animals and other equally unimportant things in the name of the church during his tenure as a bishop.
www.liberator.net /articles/LiberatorMark/Spong.html   (1327 words)

 Compass - ABC Television | COMPASS Interview Bishop John Shelby Spong
I am not sure I would agree with your statement that John XX is only a reference to eternal life, because I don't think John makes that distinction quite as firmly as you are making it.
And then when John comes along in the middle of the 10th decade, John says it was in Jerusalem first but it happened much later in Galilee.
Bishop Spong: Well the first thing I would say to them is that if I had the opportunity to live my life all over again, I would live it exactly the same way and I would follow the same path, and I have revelled in it.
www.abc.net.au /compass/intervs/spong2001.htm   (16070 words)

 Bishop John Shelby Spong Unofficial Fan Web Site
Spong explains why the traditional understandings of God, Christ, the Church, and their rules and dogmas are wrong and dangerous.
Protrait of a Bishop II Spong on the Church of Scotland
The Human Quest Magazine a religious liberal magazine, Spong is the head of the trustees of the Churchman Association which publishes the Human Quest.
www.geocities.com /reuther_2000/spong.html   (469 words)

 John Shelby Spong academic credentials
John Shelby Spong retired as Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, in February 2000.
Raised a fundamentalist in North Carolina at a time when the Bible was quoted to justify segregation, Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith.
Bishop Spong is the author of several bestselling books, including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Born of a Woman, Living in Sin, and Resurrection: Myth or Realityand is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.
www.westarinstitute.org /Fellows/Spong/spong.html   (370 words)

 Bishop John Shelby Spong on being a mystic and the sins of scripture -- Beliefnet.com
Bishop John Shelby Spong on being a mystic and the sins of scripture -- Beliefnet.com
John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, N.J., for 20 years before his retirement in 2000.
Widely admired (and often scorned), Spong is a leader of the worldwide liberal Christianity movement.
www.beliefnet.com /story/166/story_16603_1.html   (942 words)

 The Spirit of Things - 16/08/98: Bishop John Shelby Spong
John Shelby Spong, the controversial Bishop of Newark New Jersey, is a watershed in the contemporary Church.
John Shelby Spong: I think it's one of the death signs of Christianity.
John Shelby Spong: I don't think the church is dead, I don't think Christianity is dead.
www.abc.net.au /rn/relig/spirit/stories/s13559.htm   (7394 words)

 "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism"
Bishop Spong has undertaken the task of challenging those who feel the Bible is inerrant, and should be read and taken literally.
Spong contends that the Bible was written with and for a First-Century mythology, and was never intended to be taken as literal word.
Spong goes so far as to suggest that the Fourth Gospel (John) even within itself pokes fun at, and criticizes, those who take the words literally.
www.stjoan.com /er1/bible2/bible2.htm   (956 words)

 John Shelby Spong
I have read several of Spong's publications, including the text you will be using, and have also listened to radio interviews and heard him 'live' several years ago in Adelaide.
I feel that Spong's quest for a 'God beyond Theism' is a product of a world-view that is no-longer Christian and that it is a largely secular philosophy dictating the terms of reference (a quasi-fundamentalism re: his Twelve Theses).
Spong it seems is about changing not only the window upon reality but also its frame of reference.
jmm.aaa.net.au /articles/13359.htm   (470 words)

 Apostle Paul - John Shelby Spong
No evidence points to any direct knowledge of the earthly Jesus on the part of this man. What he knew of Jesus he seems to have gotten through the oral tradition at the feet of itinerant preachers, from the various apostles, or from disciples of the apostles.
John son of Zebedee, Mark, and Luke all appear in the letters of Paul as names of those with whom he had more than just a usual relationship (Gal.
John said that it was the ascended Lord who appeared to the disciples and breathed on them the gift of the Spirit (John 20:1ff).
www.escapefromwatchtower.com /spong7&8.html   (11944 words)

 John Shelby Spong, Bishop of Newark, Retired   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Bishop John Shelby Spong on the News and Christian Faith
John Shelby Spong, Bishop of the Diocese of Newark (USA) and the Rt.
Peter John Lee, Bishop of the Diocese of Christ the King (Southern Africa).
www.dioceseofnewark.org /jsspong   (77 words)

 Tema kristologi. John Shelby Spong:
She is portrayed as clinging to him, apparently in a quite physical manner.
John says that Jesus ascended into heaven between the time he appeared to Magdalene and that evening when he first appeared to the disciples in Jerusalem, and breathed the Holy Spirit upon them.
John Shelby Spong är anglikansk kyrkoledare och teolog från USA med en rik bokproduktion.
www.existentiell-tro.net /ku/text12js.htm   (1607 words)

 UCTV--University of California Television
A pre-eminent voice for liberal Christianity, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000.
His admirers acclaim his legacy as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person-he's considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many both inside and outside the Christian church.
His challenges to the church have also made Bishop Spong a target of hostility, fear, and death threats.
www.uctv.tv /search-details.asp?showID=9117   (146 words)

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John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, for more than twenty years and is one of the leading spokespersons in the world for an open, scholarly, and progressive Christianity.
Bishop Spong has taught at Harvard, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkely, California.
“…Spong provides enlightened reading for people who no longer believe in the God of Sunday school and are looking for something else to give their lives meaning.”
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