Radical Reformation and a New Renaissance with John Shelby Spong


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Program Description

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.

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for 24 years and is the author of numerous books, including A New Christianity for a New World (HarperSanFrancisco 2002), Here I Stand (HarperSanFrancisco 2000) and The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bibleís Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love (HarperSanFrancisco 2005). To learn more about the work of John Shelby Spong go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • 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

Program Number: 2978                Host: Michael Toms              Interview Date: 3/12/2003


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