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

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

a voice crying in the wilderness

I've always liked Bishop Spong, mostly because his faith journey has been similar to mine. Not only that but we are trying to breathe new life into Christian doctrines that, in today's world, are becoming increasing unbelievable. After the discoveries of modern physics ...
I've always liked Bishop Spong, mostly because his faith journey has been similar to mine. Not only that but we are trying to breathe new life into Christian doctrines that, in today's world, are becoming increasing unbelievable. After the discoveries of modern physics and biology, as well as the horrors of the last century, the God of orthodox Christian theism--while continuing to be compelling for many--is still a hard sell for others. And it's this later group that Spong is writing for. He calls them 'believers in exile.' They have left the church or are silently sitting in the pews biting their tounges because they can't say the creed with conviction: the modern world has made it unintelligible. Yet these same people are still wanting to stand within the Christian tradition, if only it could make sense and be relevant to their lives. The old God, along with its doctrines, have no power over their lives, probably because of the infinite distance between the first century understanding of the world and a twenty-first understanding of it. Like many theologians who no longer stand in the 'orthodox' camp, Spong undertakes the task of re-defining Christian doctrines in the light of contemporary knowledge. God, Jesus, resurrection, the Christian life--all are given a new meaning. Yes, it may not look like the Christianity of old, but Spong is wrestling with the texts and traditions that have been handed down to him and, along with contemporary scientific knowledge, is trying to make Christianity believable for contemporary men and women who hunger for transcendence but who don't find it in the traditional paradigm.

posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2006

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4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Just creating a new religion

Spong isn't trying to adapt Christianity, he's trying to create his own New Age, Politically Correct hodge podge of other faiths. To pretend to be a Christian yet to deny the resurrection and numerous other historical, Biblical events which demonstrate Jesus' divinity,...
Spong isn't trying to adapt Christianity, he's trying to create his own New Age, Politically Correct hodge podge of other faiths. To pretend to be a Christian yet to deny the resurrection and numerous other historical, Biblical events which demonstrate Jesus' divinity, is simply contradictory to the entirety of Scripture. Although he tries to use Scripture to support his claims, he takes most of it out of context and simply disregards the rest.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    We Want Out of Exile

    This book helped my transition into a Post-christian world flow a bit more smoothly. These are questions we face, but aren't allowed to answer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    Tillich made easy

    Spong has made an excellent and accessible attempt at bringing Christianity forward into the post-modern world. While he does not develop his theology fully and completely, he obviously draws much of his thinking from Tillich and says as much. Unlike Tillich's work though, Spong is easy to read, and presents in a practical way the problems and possible solutions to the dilemma of the 'modern' Christian. While it is radical, and many will say he is no longer Christian, I think he holds up a light shining into the future. Christianity may not develop exactly as he envisions, but his vision offers hope that it can endure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    I finally understand the GOD of the bible.

    This is a Must read for everyone who wants to know the real GOD. Bishop Spong really puts the concept of GOD in a new and claer light. Out with the old, in with the new. I feel so much better about GOD and Christianity after reading this book. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

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    A Christianity for the Twenty-First Century

    In his book "Why Christianity Must Change or Die," Bishop Spong attempts to reformulate Christianity so that it's relevant for the twenty-first century. Spong rethinks the notions of God, Jesus, the atonement and the church. The end result? A challenge to many traditional Christians and a breath of fresh air to those who, although in spiritual exile, are looking for a path back to the Christian life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Not Thinking is The Biggest Sin

    Bishop Spong wrestles the Church away from the ignorance, bigotry and misogyny of the past. It is important, especially now, with words like Jihad being thrown around on a daily basis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    It's time for change

    He is so on the point with this book. He speaks to those of us in exile with a belief system that brings us back to the feelings we used to have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    This book will challenge your Sunday School mentality and teach you to think for yourself.

    This book will challenge your Sunday School mentality and teach you to think for yourself. When it comes to believing religious leaders, text and traditions, you may want to consider why you believe what you believe!

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