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Why Christianity Must Change or Die : A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile - John Shelby Spong

Why Christianity Must Change or Die

A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile

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Published: 21st April 1999
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An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Bishop John Shelby Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather than blind faith, on love rather than judgment, and that focuses on life more than religion.

"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"

Preface
On Saying the Christian Creed with Honestyp. 3
The Meaning of Exile and How We Got Therep. 22
In Search of God: Is Atheism the Only Alternative to Theism?p. 43
Beyond Theism to New God Imagesp. 56
Discovering Anew the Jesus of the New Testamentp. 71
Jesus as Rescuer: An Image That Has to Gop. 83
The Christ as Spirit Personp. 100
What Think Ye of Christ? Where the Human Enters the Divinep. 118
The Meaning of Prayer in a World with No External Deityp. 134
A New Basis for Ethics in a New Agep. 149
The Emerging Church: Reading the Signs Present Todayp. 168
The Future Church: A Speculative Dreamp. 184
Eternal Life Apart from Heaven and Hellp. 200
Epilogue: A Final Wordp. 220
Notesp. 229
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780060675363
ISBN-10: 0060675365
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21st April 1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21