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It is possible to experience Christianity and the Christian church primarily as an institution that justifies discrimination against homosexuals and women, promotes war, and shows little regard for the health of the planet and the life it supports. Increasingly, these theological positions are at the heart of contemporary American political debate. At the center of these controversies is the Bible. Bishop Spong proclaims a vision of Christianity that understands the Bible in its cultural and historical context, and with a vision of both its relevance in today’s world and of its potential for revolutionizing our world view which leads us to a conversion experience based on respect and love for each other, our planet and all of life. He says, “My understanding of God is that God is the source of life, the source of love and the ground of being in which each of us lives and moves and has our being. The Christ experience calls me into my own deep humanity, where I recognize I am related to every other person and to every other part of life and to the whole environment. My job as a Christian is to build a world where everybody has a better opportunity to live fully, to love fully and be all they can be.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
John Shelby Spong served as Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey before his retirement in 2000. Bishop Spong has taught at Harvard and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has lectured extensively throughout the world.
His books include:
To learn more about the work of John Shelby Spong go to www.johnshelbyspong.com.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/24/2004 Program Number: 3098
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