The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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HarperOne #ad - John shelby spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, scholarly and authentic Christianity, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple.

The fourth gospel was designed first to place jesus into the context of the Jewish scriptures, then to place him into the worship patterns of the synagogue and finally to allow him to be viewed through the lens of a popular form of first-century Jewish mysticism. The result of this intriguing study is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.

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Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

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HarperOne #ad - As an educator, clergyman, and writer who has devoted his life to his faith, Spong has enlightened Christians and challenged them to explore their beliefs in new and meaningful ways. To keep christianity vital, he urges modern Christians to update their faith in light of these advances in our knowledge, and to challenge the rigid and problematic Church teachings that emerged with the Reformation.

Bridging this divide requires us to rethink and reformulate our basic understanding of God. With its revolutionary resistance to the authority of the Church in the sixteenth century, Spong sees in Luther’s movement a model for today’s discontented Christians. In fact, the questions they raise resonate with those contemplated by our ancestors.

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today #ad - In this, he continues that rigorous tradition, his final book, once again offering a revisionist approach that strengthens Christianity and secures its relevance for generations to come. Five hundred years after martin luther and his ninety-Five Theses ushered in the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Christianity was in crisis—a state of conflict that gave birth to the Reformation in 1517. Does the idea of god still have meaning? can we still follow historic creeds with integrity? Are not such claims as an infallible Pope or an inerrant Bible ridiculous in today’s world? In Unbelievable, Spong outlines twelve "theses" to help today’s believers more deeply contemplate and reshape their faith.

There is a disconnect, he argues, between the language of traditional worship and the language of the twenty-first century.

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Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

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HarperOne #ad - A global and pioneering leader of progressive christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". Pulling back the layers of a long-standing gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Using the gospel of matthew as a guide, icons, and the resurrection and ascension, including the virgin birth, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, the details of the passion story, the miracles, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel #ad - . In this profound and considered work, history, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, and patterns of worship. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning.

In biblical literalism: a gentile heresy, spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

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Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

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HarperOne #ad - Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning. In biblical literalism: a gentile heresy, spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

In this profound and considered work, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. A global and pioneering leader of progressive christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel #ad - Using the gospel of matthew as a guide, the miracles, and the resurrection and ascension, the details of the passion story, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, icons, symbols, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written.

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Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

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HarperOne #ad - Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, new york times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision. In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life.

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Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

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HarperOne #ad - By seeking god within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space.

In eternal life: a new vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. To job“if a man or a woman dies, will he or she live again? ’s question ” he gives his answer as a ringing yes! Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die".

Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell #ad - HarperOne. Spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human. HarperOne. Bishop john shelby spong, why christianity must change or Die, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights.

In his final book, spong takes us beyond religion and even beyond Christianity until he arrives at the affirmation that the fully realized human life empties into and participates in the eternity of God. God, says spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. Always compelling and controversial, the leading Christian liberal and pioneer for human rights, Spong, wrestles with the question that all of us will ultimately face.

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Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes: Freeing Jesus from 2,000 Years of Misunderstanding

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Harper San Francisco #ad - Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes: Freeing Jesus from 2,000 Years of Misunderstanding #ad - 40, 000 ad/promo. Tour. 35, 000 first printing. HarperOne. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. The controversial episcopal bishop shows how the Gospel stories have been misinterpreted for centuries as accounts of actual events, due to an ignorance of the Jewish foundation behind the texts.

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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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HarperOne #ad - HarperOne. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. As spong battles against the way the bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, and environmental degradation, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today.

In the history of the western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die".

The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love #ad - HarperOne. Bishop john shelby spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God. As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose.

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Jesus for the Non-Religious

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HarperOne #ad - Spong questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, and that the miracle stories were meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth—a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding that has for so long surrounded the Jesus of history, from the tale of his miraculous birth to a virgin, to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky at the end of his life.

Writing from his prison cell in nazi germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "religionless Christianity. In this book, john shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. Traditional christians who still cling to dated concepts of the past will not be comfortable with this book; however, skeptics of the twenty-first century will not be quite so certain that dismissing Jesus is the correct pathway to walk.

Jesus for the Non-Religious #ad - HarperOne. Jesus for the non-religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. Dismissing the dispute about jesus' nature that consumed the church's leadership for the first 500 years of Christian history as irrelevant, Spong proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ: as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity.

Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne.

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Resurrection: Myth or Reality? : A Bishop's Search for the Origins of Christianity

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Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography

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Harpercollins #ad - Author of "why christianity Must Change or Die". HarperOne. What emerges from this stunning biography is a vision of Jesus as a Jewish Socratic philosopher and political agitator who gave voice to those who had never been heard and love to the most cast-out members of society. HarperOne. In elegant prose marked by startling revelations, Crossan presents Jesus as a social revolutionary who preached and practiced a message of radical egalitarianism.

. John dominic crossan, widely regarded as the leading authority on the words and life of Jesus, cuts through the minutiae and arcane research of much biblical scholarship to present the best possible historical depiction of Jesus - the man and his message. He proclaimed - in thought and action - that all may participate in the rule of God.

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography #ad - The jesus portrayed by crossan is a savvy and courageous Jewish Mediterranean peasant who challenged the sacrosanct social rules regarding class, gender, and status.

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