A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying & How a New Faith is Being Born

November 29, 2017 - Comment

In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church. Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age. Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the

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In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church. Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age. Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the Holy, proposing a Christianity premised upon justice, love, and the rise of a new humanity — a vision of the power that might be.Christianity will not be a viable belief system for honest people in the contemporary world, writes John Shelby Spong, until it drops a few outmoded ideas–for instance, belief in a supernatural God who reveals Himself from outside creation. A New Christianity for a New World continues the work begun in Spong’s bestselling Why Christianity Must Change or Die, in which the former Episcopalian bishop diagnosed Christianity’s major problems. Here, he offers a vision of what authentic Christian belief might look like today, stripped of theism and all its corollaries (doctrines such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, and Atonement). Christians may come to believe that “God is beyond Jesus, but Jesus participated in the Being of God and Jesus is my way into God.” Readers inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s tantalizing writings on “religionless Christianity” in Letters and Papers from Prison and by John A.T. Robinson’s Honest to God will find much challenge and comfort in Spong’s New Christianity, his most mature and most radical book. –Michael Joseph Gross

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WFamily says:

Creating a new religion with false premises and bad logic The author’s arguments are not persuasive for the following reasons: 

a good shopper says:

Fortunately we continue to have a few others of his … I appreciate everything that Spong writes, and I want all of his books to be made available in Audible. He consistently comes from a place of respect, compassion, awareness, openness, vibrancy, and nurturance, not haughtiness, callousness, dogma, stratification, suppression, or stultification. He speaks the spiritual morality that I find consistent with and worthy of the progenitor of the Christian movement. Fortunately we continue to have a few others of his ethos. Unfortunately they are too…

Ronald M. Riggs says:

The clearest and most comprehensive statement of Rev Spong’s Christian … The clearest and most comprehensive statement of Rev Spong’s Christian beliefs. Rev Spong demonstrates with cogent arguments that you can be a follower of Jesus, understand what was devine in His life without accepting a literal view of the events in the Bible.

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