Jesus for the Non-Religious

Jesus for the Non-Religious

by John Shelby Spong
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Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong

The Pope Describes the Ancient Traditional Jesus; Bishop Spong Brings Us a Jesus Modern People Can Be Inspired By

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ISBN-13: 9780061737305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 572,524
File size: 798 KB

About the Author

John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.

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Jesus for the Non-Religious 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One could take the title to mean that this book is an introduction of Jesus/Christianity to those without a religious background. It is not! Rather, it is a case for redefining Jesus in a completely non-theistic and non-supernatural way. Bishop Spong considers himself a Christian, but most traditional Christians would call him an atheist because he denies the existence of a supernatural God and denies the concepts by which traditional Christians define their religion: the virgin birth of Jesus, his miraculous deeds, the resurrection and ascension, and substitutionary atonement. I see this book as advocating a version of humanism in which Jesus is the model for what it means to be fully human. It is a very moving and inspirational book if the reader is willing to overcome his/her attachment to theism which is causing such division and violence throughout the world today. It shows a version of Christianity based on the continuation and flourishing of life on Earth rather than its destruction at Armageddon.
GregNC More than 1 year ago
Bisop Spong has given me a Jesus that I can believe in. Jesus was a man ahead of his time. By taking away the mythology that Christianity teaches, Bishop Spong has shown me just how truly wonderful the man Jesus really was. We should follow Jesus'example and learn to have his values. (We'd all be a lot happier) By doing this, we can make this world a better place for all. This is the fifth book of Bishop Spongs that I have bought. I bought a copy of this book and gave it to my local priest. He said he looks forward to reading it. I also plan on giving a copy to my dad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spong, always thinking outside the box, has come through again as telling what many think but dare not say in their churches and communities. Reading this book gave me a sense of peace with my own concerns about what we have really missed in the message of Jesus, the man. I say thanks.
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Truejabber More than 1 year ago
Overall excellent. Beyond the typically oversimplified understanding of Christianity which seems most prevalent today.
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Why is this in the Judaism section if it is about Christianity?
Guest More than 1 year ago
There¿s a new way to read the Old Testament ¿ as literature. The likes of Kugel have started viewing the ancient task as outlining literary truth about God rather than providing historical events or outlining allowance. For example: Joshua is a book about God's faithfulness rather than a book condoning genocide (genocide is just a literary tool for conveying faithfulness. Morbid). Spong grabs the reigns of this approach and uses it to shed new light on the New Testament. His conclusion: theism is dead but God (or god) still very much exists. God now is more so a state of being the way of the uninhibited self. While a fascinating reading, it suffers a fatal flaw it ignores the Old Testament. The Old Testament is clearly a text dealing with a theistic being. There is no other way to read it. Spong¿s book remains an exhilarating intellectual exercise, but a path towards a greater truth? Only if truth can defy logic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To deny That Jesus is the son of God, born of a virgin, is the biggest lie from the father of lies, Satan/ Lucifer.