A new religious reformation may be in order – a visionary and propensive revitalization of Christianity, which knows Jesus is a gateway to the Great Mystery or God, and also honors great teachers and exemplars of other traditions. This is a Christianity based on justice, compassion, love and the emergence of a new humanity. As someone with abundant pastoral experience, as well being an accomplished scholar, Spong speaks eloquently to the changing times and delivers both inspiration and hope in this stirring dialogue. (hosted by Michael Toms)
John Shelby Spong served as Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey before his retirement in 2000. Bishop Spong has taught at Harvard and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has lectured extensively throughout the world.
His books include:
- A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying & How a New Faith is Being Born (Harper San Francisco 2001)
- Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism (Harper San Francisco 1992)
- Resurrection: Myth or Reality? (Harper Collins 1994)
- Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile (Harper San Francisco 1999)
- The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love (Harper San Francisco 2005)
To learn more about the work of John Shelby Spong go to www.johnshelbyspong.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How is the “new Christianity” personally relevant to you
- Why the Gospels are not to be taken literally
- What is evil and does it exist
- How do you get beyond fear and judgment
- What is the Divine Feminine
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/12/2003 Program Number: 2978