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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"
On Saying the Christian Creed with Honesty
The Meaning of Exile and How We Got There
In Search of God: Is Atheism the Only Alternative to Theism?
Beyond Theism to New God Images
Discovering Anew the Jesus of the New Testament
Jesus as Rescuer: An Image That Has to Go
The Christ as Spirit Person
What Think Ye of Christ? Where the Human Enters the Divine
The Meaning of Prayer in a World with No External Deity
A New Basis for Ethics in a New Age
The Emerging Church: Reading the Signs Present Today
The Future Church: A Speculative Dream
Eternal Life Apart from Heaven and Hell
Epilogue: A Final Word
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ISBN: 9780060675363 ISBN-10: 0060675365 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 21st April 1999 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.23