Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

HarperOne - In his final book, spong takes us beyond religion and even beyond Christianity until he arrives at the affirmation that the fully realized human life empties into and participates in the eternity of God. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space.

Bishop john shelby spong, sins of scripture, and many other books, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. To job’s question “if a man or a woman dies, will he or she live again? ” he gives his answer as a ringing yes! HarperOne.

Always compelling and controversial, Spong, the leading Christian liberal and pioneer for human rights, wrestles with the question that all of us will ultimately face. Spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human.

Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell - God, is ultimately one, says spong, and each of us is part of that oneness. The pathway into god turns out to be both a pathway into ourselves and a doorway into eternal life. In eternal life: a new vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life.

By seeking god within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally.





Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

HarperOne - As an educator, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, clergyman, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. Enduring for more than 200 years, Luther’s movement was then followed by a "revolutionary time of human knowledge. Yet these advances in our thinking had little impact on Christians’ adherence to doctrine—which has led the faith to a critical point once again.

Bible scholar and episcopal bishop john shelby Spong contends that there is mounting pressure among Christians for a radically new kind of Christianity—a faith deeply connected to the human experience instead of outdated dogma. Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God.

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today - With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. Does the idea of god still have meaning? can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

In this, his final book, he continues that rigorous tradition, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come. To keep christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation.

There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century.





Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

HarperOne - In this profound and considered work, history, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, and patterns of worship. HarperOne. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning.

In biblical literalism: a gentile heresy, spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel - A global and pioneering leader of progressive christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Using the gospel of matthew as a guide, symbols, and the resurrection and ascension, including the virgin birth, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, the miracles, icons, the details of the passion story, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written.





The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

HarperOne - Rescuing john's gospel from its creedal captivityjohn shelby spong, scholarly, and authentic christianity, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literacy, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple.

The result of this intriguing study not only recaptures the original message of this gospel, but also provides us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged. HarperOne.





Jesus for the Non-Religious

HarperOne - The pope describes the ancient traditional Jesus; Bishop Spong Brings Us a Jesus Modern People Can Be Inspired By HarperOne.





Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile

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





Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture

HarperOne - Religion Books. By popular demand—study guides to two of Bishop John Shelby Spong's bestselling and controversial works, including questions, reflections, and summaries for group and individual use. HarperOne.





Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

HarperOne - In re-claiming the bible for a non-religious World, bishop and social activist John Shelby Spong argues that 200 years of biblical scholarship has been withheld from lay Christians. In this brilliant follow-up to spong’s previous books eternal life and Jesus for the Non-Religious, Spong not only reveals the crucial truths that have long been kept hidden from the public eye, but also explores what the history of the Bible can teach us about reading its stories today and living our lives for tomorrow.

Sarah sentilles, writing that “pulsing beneath his brilliant, thought-provoking, applauds John Shelby Spong’s Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, author of Breaking Up With God: A Love Story, passionate book is this question: can Christianity survive the education of its believers?…A question Bishop Spong answers with a resounding yes.

Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World - HarperOne. Used book in Good Condition. Religion Books.





The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

HarperOne - The bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. HarperOne. Now, legendary episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses these passages, shattering our misconceptions and delivering a new vision of how Christians today can use the Bible.

Used book in Good Condition. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God. Religion Books.





Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

HarperOne - Five hundred years after martin luther and his ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517.

Does the idea of god still have meaning? can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today - HarperOne. There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century. In this, his final book, he continues that rigorous tradition, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come.

Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God. With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. To keep christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation.

As an educator, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, clergyman, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways.





Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

HarperOne - He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith. Religion Books. Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith.

HarperOne. Used book in Good Condition. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, at the same time, one that is critical and, sustaining. Drawing on his own journey from a naïve, unquestioning belief in christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith - In straightforward, teacher of alternative wisdom, accessible prose, social prophet, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus's character: spirit person, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, and movement founder. Great product! Now, in meeting jesus again for the first time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship.