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Read online Jesus for the Non-Religious.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Jesus for the Non-Religious Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 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 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 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 He also speaks directly to those contemporary critics of Christianity who call God a delusion and who write letters to a Christian nation and describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive .

Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue Dismissing the dispute about Jesus nature that consumed the church s leadership for the first 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 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 em Jesus for the Non Religious em 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 by John Shelby Spong

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Jesus for the Non-Religious
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Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 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 The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth a Jesus for the non religious br br 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 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 He also speaks directly to those contemporary critics of Christianity who call God a delusion and who write letters to a Christian nation and describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive br br Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue Dismissing the dispute about Jesus nature that consumed the church s leadership for the first 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 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 em Jesus for the Non Religious em 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, In this boldest book since em Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism em Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection are not literally true He offers convincing evidence that the Gospels are a collection of Jewish midrashic stories written to convey the significance of Jesus This remarkable discovery brings us closer to how Jesus was really understood in his day and should be in ours, In i The Sins of Scripture i Bishop John Shelby Spong takes on a thematic exploration of the Bible carefully analyzing those passages that inform some of our key debates like the role of women in the church and in society and homosexuality to name just two Beyond that he also looks at scriptures that have helped shape culture and history bringing to light the undercurrent of anti Semitism he finds in the Gospels for example The journey is particularly compelling because Bishop Spong believes in and values the good the Bible has brought to many through the ages His goal is not to define the Bible itself as something to be set aside but instead to honor and value what he loves about it while still labeling what he dramatically calls texts of terror for what they are br br The true joy of the book is found in Spong s vigorous intellect which he shines bright in an attempt to catch a reflection of the age culture and circumstances in which the texts he examines were written Like an archaeologist working with ideas instead of tools he removes the rocks brushes away the sediment and reports on what he finds What were the roots and cultural realities behind the Scriptures that define the role of women in the church What were the hopes and fears driving the writers who condemned homosexuality in such stark terms What is the justification behind scriptures recommending the rod of correction or as Bishop Spong simply labels it t he physical abuse of children br br Whether or not you agree with some of his musings along the way many of his conclusions are hard to argue with Putting aside the issue of divine origin of the Bible no one can deny passages have been used in service of very human ends Finally i The Sins of Scriptures i can be seen as a careful observer of what those ends have been And when taken on those terms it makes an interesting read regardless of one s religious background i Ed Dobeas i, In em Re Claiming the Bible for a Non Religious World em bishop and social activist John Shelby Spong argues that years of biblical scholarship has been withheld from lay Christians In this brilliant follow up to Spong s previous books em Eternal Life em and em Jesus for the Non Religious em Spong not only reveals the crucial truths that have long been kept hidden from the public eye but also explores what the history of the Bible can teach us about reading its stories today and living our lives for tomorrow br br Sarah Sentilles author of em Breaking Up With God A Love Story em applauds John Shelby Spong s em Reclaiming the Bible for a Non Religious World em writing that pulsing beneath his brilliant thought provoking passionate book is this question can Christianity survive the education of its believers A question Bishop Spong answers with a resounding yes