Why Christianity Must Change Or Die

Why Christianity Must Change Or Die : Reforming the Church's Creeds and Codes

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The best-selling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism (over130,000 copies sold) launches an attack on the Church's outdated Creed. This is Bishop Spong's manifesto - he powerfully integrates his controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus and sin into a contemporary liberal Creed that today's thinking Christians can embrace.

Spong presents himself in this book as the champion of believers in exile: `We are the silent majority of people who find it increasingly difficult to remain members of the Church and still be thinking people.'

The book challenges each point of the traditional Creed, and seeks to come to a contemporary understanding of God. His main arguments centre round a wish to re-interpret traditional Christianity as we know it:
* God is the source of life and love, not a super-person running the universe
* Jesus is not God, but a model for each of us on how to be open to God
* The Church should not be a hierarchical institution, but a communikty of faith and service
*Heaven and Hell do not exist but symbolize the fact that our deeds have eternal consequences
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 68.04g
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • International
  • 0060605006
  • 9780060605001

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Robert W Funk, Chairman of the Jesus Seminar writes:

`Bishop Spong is a singularity among ecclesiastical leaders in the twentieth century. His candor, courage and acumen are unparalleled. He takes refuge in no vestiges of Christian orthodoxy. He gathers the anachronisms of traditional faith and nails them to the cross...'
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About John Shelby Spong

The Right Reverend John Shelby Spong is the Episcopal Bishop of Newark and one of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity. He has waded into areas once thought too controversial to discuss openly in the Church and is an outspoken advocate for change. He lives in Newark, New Jersey.
His books include: Living in Sin, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Born of a Woman, Resurrection: Myth or Reality? and Liberating the Gospels.
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