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Review 1:
I had already read the excellent book. This was purchased as a gift.

Review 2:
Excellent product!

Review 3:
I've said for the past few years that I believe fundamental evangelical Christianity has made an idol out of the Bible--Spong makes the same case. Nice to know I'm in good company. I'll try and post a longer review later. Only about a quarter way through this now.

Here is my complete view, more a synopsis of the gist of the book, not so much a review:
My position is that the Holy Bible is not holy, nor inerrant, nor consistent, nor is it God?s purpose that we view it as if it were an idol, as if it were perfect. It is the greatest work of literature ever written down, but is similar to how the Greeks viewed Homer?s epics, how the Romans viewed the Aeneid, or the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh or the Hindu Vedas. It is how a people came to view their history and how they answered certain ontological and epistemological questions. To put it in that company does not degrade the Bible; it elevates it. It is how humans have recorded our search for meaning and truth, for God.

It is not history (except in the sense of a mythic history). There was no Eden, no flood, there may not have been even a captivity in Egypt (there is virtually no evidence for it). To pretend that we should believe the Bible instead of science is ridiculous, and does much harm. No one should be pointing to Genesis as our model for creation and belittling evolution.

The Bible contains much that is not holy: slavery, anti-homosexuality, violence toward women and babies and even animals, and a patriarchy that is still with us to this day. These need to be spoken against, not pointed to with holy fervor.

Inconsistencies abound but we pretend they are not there. Inconsistencies have been noticed since the early church Fathers (Origen for instance). Some get around this by pretending that the Bible is inerrant only as far as salvation is concerned. I put myself more in that camp, but I don?t pretend that this isn?t a very large loophole. Some use the term ?inspired? but carefully avoid defining the term. I can use the term too; have used it in the past. And to me the Bible is very much inspired, but I doubt that I mean what others might mean.

The Bible--including the New Testament--show a people?s experience of God translated into language, a language that can only employ metaphor (that is all a language can do), and when we try and turn that language back into experiencing God we err if we train our ears literally. This is a great error for it misses the experience of God in humanity: this is what the Bible is for, this is its purpose (other than showing a people?s mythic history). To see the Bible as a box holding God is to limit God, and to substitute an answer where there should only be a question. Biblical inerrancy is more about power and doctrine and dogma. When belief in the Holy Bible as inerrant keeps people from Christ/God, then it is time to cast aside that belief.

Literalists and other fundamentalists create a barrier, a wall, to knowing the experience of Christ. They create this wall of words that show magic miracles, that portrays a world totally unknown to us (prayers that heal, heavens that open up to angels singing, hellfire), an experience that is walled off to us because of an ignorance of language and of how humans tell stories to convey truth. Only when you see how the story is made, and ask what happened to cause a people to create such stories, do you begin to see the truth. Christ can only be known when you experience him; belief in a literal language masks this experience. It is time to cast it off.

Christ was so unusual to people they needed to create a myth to surround him; this does not reduce his godliness; it enhances it! Why did they need to reach to such lengths? Because Jesus was so holy and good as to need this epic language, this form of literature that only the rare individuals of history get to have wrapped around them. It means he was truly different, truly of God. The proof of Jesus? holiness is in the fiction of the mythology! Calling that fiction a literal truth is akin to labeling Jesus merely a man needing propping up, needing a mask of pretense. Call him holy by rejecting the literal lie.

Review 4:
This is the best commentary on the Gospel of John I have ever read. He strikes down biblical litteralism and replaces it with a metaphorical approach to understanding the message of John. He has successfully redefined the concept of God. He has linked being divine to being human and shows they are, in fact, one and the same being and are different expressions of the same ground of being. This book should appeal to those who take the admonition of the apostle Paul seriously, who said, "when I was a child I thought as a child, but when I became an adult, I put away childish things",This book will appeal to those have the intellectual capacity to explore new ideas and willing to embrace a new biblical paradigm that offers richer and more accurate biblical understanding. This an excellent book that shows the contexts of the then current events leading to the the gospel of John.

Review 5:
Christians, awake!
Bishop Spong is an authentic Christian. He glimpses the presence of Jesus, a Jewish peasant of Nazareth, and the essence of his teaching un-corrupted by Paul and the fourth century creeds.




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He believes that theism has lost credibility as a valid conception of God's nature. He states that he is a Christian because he believes that Jesus Christ fully expressed the presence of a God of compassion and selfless love and that this is the meaning of the early Christian proclamation, "Jesus is Lord" (Spong, 1994 and ...

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