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Bishop's Voice: Selected Essays 1979-1999

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For twenty years, Episcopal Bishop John Spong, wrote a monthly column in his diocesan newspaper, The Voice. Throughout the years, he used the paper as a pulpit for his progressive views about faith, dogma, tradition, and human rights. Compiled and edited by his daughter, Christine, this collection serves as an excellent introduction to Spong's breathtaking breadth of interest and capability as one of the century's leading voices for religious and human inclusivity.

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Overview

For twenty years, Episcopal Bishop John Spong, wrote a monthly column in his diocesan newspaper, The Voice. Throughout the years, he used the paper as a pulpit for his progressive views about faith, dogma, tradition, and human rights. Compiled and edited by his daughter, Christine, this collection serves as an excellent introduction to Spong's breathtaking breadth of interest and capability as one of the century's leading voices for religious and human inclusivity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824518776
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,027,419
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Part 1 The Human Face of a Public Figure
1. A Most Remarkable Lady 19
2. Meditation on a Dateline 23
3. An Annual American Celebration: Graduation 27
4. It's a Girl 31
5. My Cousin Bill 34
6. Making a House a Home 38
7. Christine 43
8. A Doughty, Delightful Figure 47
9. Farewell, My Treasured Friend 50
10. John A. T. Robinson Remembered 54
11. I'm Just Wild about Harry! 58
12. His Name Was Ray Roberts 61
13. Wanda 66
Part 2 Religion and Politics
14. English Fiscal Decisions and U.S. Policies 70
15. Religion and the Election 72
16. Lunch at the White House 75
17. Diagnosis: Spiritual Vacuum and Moral Decay 82
18. Mr. Clinton: It's Time to Name the Demon 87
19. Where Is the Christ in the "Christian" Agenda 92
20. Election 1998: The Defeat of the Religious Right 96
Part 3 Religion and Church
21. New Bishop, New Hopes, New Dreams (Excerpts) 101
22. Lambeth 1988: Women Bishops, Polygamy, and the Nature of Prejudice 104
23. Lambeth 1998: Christianity Caught in a Time Warp 109
24. Feeding the Flock Down Under 113
25. Face-Off in Vancouver 117
26. An English Reporter's Odyssey: Two Days in the Diocese of Newark 121
27. Visionless in the Name of Unity 125
28. Heresy! This Church Is on Trial! 129
29. If I Have Seen the Future of the Church, I Do Not Like It 133
30. A Wee Insight from a Bonnie Land 138
Part 4 Conversations with Other Faiths
31. A Hindu-Christian Dialogue 143
32. A Dialogue in a Buddhist Temple 146
Part 5 Religion and Life
33. Does the Episcopal Church Welcome You? 151
34. Christian Truth Requires Academic Freedom 156
35. Apartheid: There Is Still a Slim Chance 159
36. Racism Reborn 162
37. Banning Abortion 166
38. In Defense of Assisted Suicide 169
39. The Environment Begs the Question: Servant to Humankind? 173
40. Homosexuality 177
41. Debating Sexual Issues 181
42. Women Priests: Rome to Canterbury--Extraordinary Letters 185
Part 6 God, Jesus, and Christianity
43. A Free Man 189
44. Our World Is a Changing Kaleidoscope 191
45. Challenger: Technology Fails Us; Does God? 194
46. Embracing the Exile 199
47. No Neat Answers 203
48. Yes, Virginia, There Is a God! 208
49. The Lord Is Risen ...He Is Risen Indeed! 213
50. Propaganda or Education? A New Vocation for the Church 217
51. Can One Be a Christian without Being a Theist? 221
52. Will Christianity Survive the New Millennium? 225
53. Heaven's Gate and the Death of Christianity 230
54. The New Reformation: Revisiting the Meaning of Christ 234
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2000

    Well made collection of essays by Rev. Spong

    This is a fine read for the supporter of Rev. Spong or his most frantic enemy. Personally, I fall 70% supporter/30% in kind and polite disagreement. Yet, on all of the subjects at-hand, whether I agreed with them or disagreed with them, I still enjoyed the essay. I urge all persons who want to learn more about Bishop Spong through his own words to buy this book. It is a thoughtful but in a most unthoughtful era in which Christianity is packaged to sell under inadequate 'wwjd?' stickers and Jesus Fish symbols.

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