- By John Shelby Spong

A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is DyingHow a New Faith is Being Born

  • Title: A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is DyingHow a New Faith is Being Born
  • Author: John Shelby Spong
  • ISBN: 9780060670634
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New Christianity for a New World Why Traditional Faith is DyingHow a New Faith is Being Born In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church Now he offers the antidote calling Christians everywhere into

    In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the Holy, proposing a Christianity premisIn his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the Holy, proposing a Christianity premised upon justice, love, and the rise of a new humanity a vision of the power that might be.

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    1. First the superficial: I don't like Spong's writing style. He's obviously passionate about his subject, but by the middle of the book this results in paragraphs of high-emotion concluding sentences instead of supporting information. (Dare I call a bishop too preachy?) Also, I don't appreciate an author telling me how I will hear and respond to his book in the first chapter. This comes off as arrogant and defensive.As for the substantial: I read in Spong's book, not a critique of Christianity as [...]

    2. I thought this book was fantastic. I've been reading so many books that have forced me to really look at my spirituality and all the while I have wondered how these ideas could be applicable in church. This book addressed this issue and others. My favorite thing about this book was the way it began. The author begins by explaining that he is a Christian and why he is a Christian. Then he lists a bunch of things that he doesn't believe, many of which are some of the fundamental beliefs of Christi [...]

    3. A philosophical book about the on-going evolution of Christianity, which I found fascinating. It may prove offensive to some, particularly fundamentalists, but it opened my mind and struck a chord with me. Plus that, it's easy to read.

    4. More than anyone else, Bishop John Shelby Spong has helped shape a new Christianity for a new world. He is a leader in liberal Christianity, and many of us have been following along, reading his books for years. If there’s any cause for frustration with Spong as an author, it’s that he never quite seemed to dig deep enough, to answer the big questions, about where this new, practical, thinking man’s version of Christianity would carry us.If you’ve been yearning to finally get down to the [...]

    5. Unfortunately, I cannot rate this book less than 1 star. Spong's book is one of those books that makes makes most people scratch their heads, but for me it was more like pound my head into a brick patio.In the first chapter John Shelby Spong goes on to throw out all of the difficult Christian doctrines (i.e. the supernatural birth, the incarnation, the creation story, etc). It took me weeks to stop banging my head against the wall and pick the book back up. Through the rest of the book he lays o [...]

    6. A friend recommended this book by the former Episcopal Bishop of Newark. I was skeptical--as a former Episcopalian myself, what could he make me understand. A lot it turns out. In spite of his protestations, I would call him a Unitarian Universalist, but he prefers to be a Christian with a new view of that faith. His new faith is all-encompassing and based on love. If you're interested, read it. I don't want to damper his argument--it's interesting to see how he gets there. It's well-written and [...]

    7. Fascinating, challenging, provocative. Would infuriate fundies, which is always okay in my book. Bishop Spong presents some thought-provoking ideas for those of us who are from a Christian background and yet are unable to accept the dull-minded literalness, exclusivity, and afterlife-focus of so many Christians. The chapter "Jesus Beyond Incarnation" is an amazing and amazingly different look at Jesus.

    8. I read this book with a friend so that we might gain perspective on current "Christian" beliefs. This book turned out to be mostly malarky. Not because I do not agree with the belief system. I could have liked it, regardless of belief system, if Spong would have used arguments that are logical and not twisted to support his belief system.

    9. Spong doesn't disappoint in giving you lots to think about! Very interesting ideas. Not particularly easy to read, but it was worth the effort for me.

    10. Absolutely beautiful treatise on how Christianity can stay relevant for those of us who have a hard time with literalism.

    11. I experienced much of this book as a sense of relief, amazement, and gratitude--that at last someone was helping me make Christianity make sense for the 21st century.

    12. Jesus is the only Son of God. God is a supernatural Being. The stories in the Bible are true and literal. If you believe any of these things, don't read this book. It might make your head explode and/or get you a bit upset. If you don't believe any of those things, this might make for an interesting read. In the opening pages, it's full disclosure for author Bishop John Shelby Spong. He doesn't believe all that stuff either. Courageous of him to say so. If only we could all be that authentic. It [...]

    13. Spong's books have their flaws to be sure. As many reviewers have pointed out, his tone can be ham-handed and adversarial, some of what he says is little more than rehashed Unitarianism, he often tries to structure a logical argument within seemingly dichotomous existensial parameters, and he is oddly speechless on the subject of the Hereafter.I'd almost give this book four stars for Spong's courage alone. His willingness to put himself out there and endure the demonization of countless legions [...]

    14. I want to love everything Jack Spong says, but I struggle with his insistence on stripping wonder from the Christian faith. His approach to the development of theistic faith is a bit too Freudian. Yes, people developed God in response to the fear of the unknown. Yes, many faiths thought of God as a punishing parent. However, I don't see a lot of space in Spong's book for the positive side of faith--the side that is full of wonder at all that exists. Perhaps we can postulate a being bigger than o [...]

    15. I was very interested to read this, but ultimately it was disappointing. Spong is a passionate, deep thinker about modern Christianity, and I applaud his willingness to tear down dogma in the first hundred pages or so. However, after all of that, what is left is fairly weak. I came away from this realizing that Christianity stripped of a theistic God is nothing more than some nice writing and an empathetic worldview--that's not enough to hang a religion on. Spong does nicely point out that 80% o [...]

    16. As you can see, I didn't find this book to be quite as earth-shattering as Why Christianity Must Change or Die. Perhaps it's because I read it with my husband, who was more critical of the way Spong built his arguments. Perhaps it was also because I was often frustrated that I wanted more detail. Spong is taking, and asking his readers to take, a leap of faith. I want a few more straws to grasp at as I do. ;) I want a list of the hymns that he thinks still make sense with a non-theistic understa [...]

    17. REFORM REFORM REFORM is episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong's insistent and hopeful message to the outsiders in the Christian faith. Spong doesn't waste his time bemoaning the evils of Evangelicalism or Fundamentalism. He presses onward to a "new humanity" beyond labels. Keeping none of the old superstitions and armed with nothing more than a mystical promise, Spong avers that there is still life left in the pure origins of Christ-ic praxis and that the behemoth we now call "Christianity" is a sh [...]

    18. I've taken different things from this book at different times in my life. When I first read it around 2001, I didn't finish it, but appreciated the first few chapters presenting a different view of things. In my most recent read in 2011, I did finish it, and while I appreciate a reasonable amount of what Spong presents, I'm really not in agreement with a lot of it. I just feels he somehow misses something very tangible but very undefinable in experiencing God in his description of a post-theisti [...]

    19. Bishop Spong’s voice calls out from the wilderness, but it’s not shouting, “Repent!” It’s pleading with us to awaken to a new commitment to love. Shedding the skin of a personal god isn’t easy for most god-fearers, but Spong believes the theistic notion of God is, in fact, an increasingly ineffectual palliative for a deeply rooted, deeply human brand of self-consciousness. As we move past our collective fear and neurosis, past our pathological need to know everything, past our litera [...]

    20. A great read for an innovative search for renewal in the Christian faith embracing what most all people of the 21st Century accept as scientific facts. Dr. Spong addresses the signs of the death of theism and shows beyond theism there is God. I Can't support much I learned in Sunday School as a youth because I was taught the Scriptures are literal and without error. As John Shelby Spong states: "Traditional faith is dying & how faith is being born" The traditional Christianity dogma tenaciou [...]

    21. My favorite Spong book thus far. I read Jesus for the Non-Religious and really didn't like it. I read Eternal Life and it was okay. I read his most recent book, Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, and it was slightly above average. However, this book was much more enjoyable than the others. Mainly because it would offer a critique and then an alternative (I don't feel like I have found that in the other books of his that I've read). I definitely didn't agree with everything he had to say, but [...]

    22. This is a reply challenging read. However, I find John Spong to be one who, with others, has invited me to radically consider my religious assumptions. he has assisted me on the difficult journey of deconstruction and continuing reconstruction. Hope has been reborn for me. I believe my farthing journey has greater authenticity, honesty and reality today than previously. I journey on with hope and joy.

    23. Spong spends a lot of time establishing himself as an authority, and I spent a lot of my time reading wishing that he would get to the point. He also offers plenty of examples which have, in my conversational life, come in handy, but whilst reading it I felt that I got the pointThe point was good, though, and he is quite uncontroversial in my eyes (but i'm not from a christian faith.)

    24. This book could have been about 25% the length without sacrificing any content. I appreciated the ideas greatly, and am thrilled that Bishop Spong has put this in writing in a way that can facilitate dialog. But man, how many times must he say the same thing over and over again? Where's the editor?

    25. May 2008 reviewThis book deserves a good review, so I intend to write one. (Hopefully) coming soon.(*crappy application - fancy not coping with reading a goodread more than once!!*)Dec 2006 review - four starsJust because I thought it was a good book dosen't necessarily mean I agree with all Spong's theses.

    26. after reading this God is much richer and deeper, Jesus more human, and love more eternal than I formerly understood. Great book. a fresh, energizing, and profound understanding of the Christian faith as one avenue to the Mystery and Realm of God. Further explores the meaning of our actions on earth, and the call for love without boundaries and justice for every human being

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