By Peter Moore

An eminent staff of Episcopal students and bishops addresses the center concerns raised in Bishop Spong's books and teachings at the Virgin beginning, resurrection, sexuality, scripture, sin, Jesus, tradition, and God. those essays are incisive responses to an articulate and charismatic public determine whose provocative writings have stirred conventional and non-traditional thinkers alike.

While acknowledging that Spong's writing moves a chord with lay humans within the church buildings and most of the people, the book's authors think a balanced reaction is required. They accomplish this through commending the bishop for having the braveness of his convictions whereas hard his teachings at the cornerstone ideals of Christian tradition.

"Reflection at the resurrection can't be limited to scholarly scrutiny of some passages....every notice is an exposition of the resurrection, for each notice indicates how earlier occasions, current hardships, and destiny hopes seem to the 1st Christians within the mild of the truth that Jesus rose physically from the lifeless, Jesus isn't really a lifeless guy they be mindful fondly. His is considered as current, between different issues, within the reflecting and the writing itself." --Excerpt from Can a Bishop Be incorrect?

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The goal of Spong's hermeneutic is to escape from the vagaries of history to seek a pure, timeless expe­ rience that is immune from those vagaries. The mistake of literalists is not that they search for unchanging truth, but that they confuse the inter­ pretive dross of history and culture with the unchanging reality of subjec­ tive experience itsel£ In the light of Spong's account of religious experience, it becomes evi­ dent why he rejects the notions of miracle and divine intervention as mythological.

He both lived out the meaning of the Ground of Being in his own life and through his love gave to others the capacity to enter their own being at deeper and deeper levels" (REF, 242). Spong insists that Jesus loved life so much that not even the bound­ aries of death could stop that love. Lest, however, we be led by such enthusiastic language to presume that Spong has finally forgotten that the God he believes in does not act outside the realm of purely subjective experience, Spong makes it clear that he is not talking about the resur­ rection of the dead Jesus in any literal sense.

P. I2. , p. I8I I2 Cited in Robert Wilken, Remembering the Christian Past (Grand Rapids: Wm. B . Eerdmans, 1995), p. 12. I3 Rescuing the Bible, p. 2f£ 14 The heroic figure of Charles Darwin is cited in virtually every one of Spong's books. At the same time, Spong recalls in derisive terms the whole Scopes Trial in showing how fundamentalists opposed evolution. Yet, this is basically a "guilt by association" tactic. Edward J. Larson, Sum­ mer for the Gods (New York, I997), shows how the fundamentalists in general did not originally attack Darwin's theories of biological evolution, but the social implications of evolutionary theory.

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