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John Shelby Spong

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John Shelby Spong


Born
June 16, 1931

Died
September 12, 2021

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John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000. As a leading spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and progressive Christianity, Bishop Spong has taught at Harvard and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also lectured at universities, conference centers, and churches in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. His books include: A New Christianity for a New World, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Resurrection: Myth or Reality? Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and his autobiography, Here I Stand.

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Why Christianity Must Chang...

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Rescuing the Bible from Fun...

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Jesus for the Non-Religious

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The Sins of Scripture: Expo...

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A New Christianity for a Ne...

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Eternal Life: A New Vision:...

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Biblical Literalism: A Gent...

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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of...

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Liberating the Gospels: Rea...

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Re-Claiming the Bible for a...

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“God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.”
John Shelby Spong

“The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.”
John Shelby Spong, Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

“What the mind cannot accept, the heart can finally never adore.”
John Shelby Spong

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