Â The Columbia History of the World. Any good that may have come from this book has been said more skillfully elsewhere. Please try to understand She is your Mother, waiting for ages to give you. He is the Episcopal Bishop who in the 70's I think that decade is correct ordained the first gay priest to the Episcopal church in New Jersey. Spong has become a trumpeter in the battle of beliefs, not just in the Episcopal communion, but in the realm of Christian faith in general in this country.
This, of course, is too much to ask. Spong serves well as a watchdog of some of the abuses and craziness in our faith, but I wouldn't look to him as being one to provide effective solutio Spong is expert at pointing out much of what should be changed in Christianity and why. As it is, I'll concur with his premise, so long as the Christianity he wants to change is the one he describes. This all seems like mysticism light, which If any book was going to turn me into a Christian, it would have been this one. This meant that the earth could no longer be envisioned as the center of the universe and thus God might not be quite so involved in the day-to-day affairs of human beings. At a time when I continued to be disillusioned with the Christian church, yet was beginning to despair that I would find anything else spiritual that would be truly meaningful to me, Bishop Spong opened a door and told me that it was okay to go back inside. She clearly read that chapter more than once, per me, without me there.
I am what I would call a God-intoxicated being. Spong presents a Christianity that is scientifically tenable, does not raise disturbing questions about the morality of God, and is immune to the question of why evil exists in the world. Much of his theology and beliefs are quite controversial. Freedom, knowledge, and wisdom must be our new commandments; our knowledge of God will based upon the truths revealed in our humanity, in which God truly exists. I am grateful for this book, even as it disturbs me. Any Jesus scholarship that could add to how we interpret Christ in the Christian tradition is poor and in need of massive corrections.
In fact, postmodernism is dying out in many academic circles in favor of what some have called post-postmodernism I 19m not sure if this was the case when Spong wrote the book. I think Christianity will be around for a very long time, though obviously it's influence is declining. Unfortunately, the banner is false advertising. Whether one agrees with his theology of predestination or not, it is clear that he believed it because he believed God had revealed it, even though it was not the way he would have done it. I think most Christians would affirm the traditional understanding of heaven, but just don 19t think about it or talk about it much simply because it 19s not affirmed as much in the church. The wind is an analogy for the spiritual life.
In almost every chapter there's a paragraph simply of questions most of which are unanswerable. Now we locate God in every person, and we call this God the Holy Spirit. So, the Hebrew word for , ruach, became a synonym for spirit. However, I can't buy his ultimate remedies. To be certain is to be dogmatic, and this is not a good thing in my book. Seems to be a case of wanting one's cake and eating it, too.
I am more interested in critiquing these overarching ideas of Spong 19s rather than getting into the minutiae of his backward apologetic for his theological liberalism. How can people get meaning out of a religious tradition so hopelessly out of date that it doesn't speak to its audience? It is extremely thought-provoking which is probably why the fundies can't stand it , and no matter what belief system you arrive at, you need to arrive there informed. There were many times when even I became miffed at his arguments. He talks about this God as being ultimate fulfillment, but he should have developed this further, perhaps tying it in with the problem of suffering. What did I dislike about it? But while he has called upon Christians to confront issues ranging from the role of women in the church to the perils of fundamentalism, he has never before drawn his audacious stands on Scripture, Jesus, sin, and morality together in a modern creed.
The only divine mission in life that the Church of the future could possibly have is to open people to the recognition that the ground of their very being is holy and that when they are in touch with that holy Ground of Being, they can share in God's creation by giving life, love, and being to others. Read this book if you've ever felt or wondered about the conflict between Christianity and science and how we might resolve it. Belief in God changes from generation to generation. The Christians of the world are not here to build institutions, to convert other people, or even to claim that we can speak for God. Even after reading it the first time, I always keep it readily available to reread a chapter or two as a refresher. The priesthood, their sacred customs, their creedal statements, the social fabric that gave order to Jewish life — all was lost.
But this book rang like a revelation to me. You don't share Her with anybody else. The depth of life, the ground of all being, is God. But this is nothing new. They are human attempts to suggest that humanity alone did not have the ability to produce a life like the one being described. It is the latter group in particular that Spong identifies as believers in exile whom he wishes to reach with a new message of hope.
He believes that God is not a being that can be prayed to or worshiped directly but is a force that unifies the cosmos and reflects the wonder of life. However, I can't buy his ultimate remedies. The Jewish people in Jerusalem had their faith centered on the city, they believe that God had blessed them and was maintaining their defenses, they had many festivals that were public, and they had a temple where they felt the presence of God resided. It is also worth noting that Galileo and Newton never drew the slightest connection between their discoveries and the overthrow of the Christian worldview. Read this book, but be careful.
The Spirit comes to be with others; the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. Forget your concepts, and forget your identifications. The Christ provides an example of a life lived to its fullness; the church becomes a place to share this fullness of life. Spong has, himself, gone through this process, as this book reveals, and his reinterpretations are quite informative. One argument against Spong is questioning how can we, as humans, reformulate our religion just because of science.